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Concorde engine bay. Engineer inspecting the engine bay of a Concorde supersonic aircraft. This view is from the rear of the engine bay, where the exhaust is expelled. The Rolls- Royce/Snecma engine has been removed for maintenance. In the foreground are the 'eyelid' nozzle panels or buckets. These open or close to optimise engine performance. When fully closed they act as thrust reversers to bring the aircraft to a halt after landing. Concorde aeroplanes have four engine bays.
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