CONCORDE SST
Number 01 : G-AXDN

 


Have a look at set of exclusive pictures that chart Concore G-AXDN progress,
from shortly before her arrival at Duxford to the present day
Aircraft Number 101 (01) 
Current registration  G-AXDN
Production Model Number  UK Pre-Production model
Maiden Flight  17th December 1971 : Filton , England
1st flight of UK Pre Production prototype Concorde
Registration history:- 16th April1969 First Registered as G-AXDN to UK Ministry of Technology  

Re-registered as G-AXDN to Ministry of Aviation Supply on 19th Feb 1971

Re-registered as G-AXDN on delivery to Duxford Aviation Society on 20th August 1977

De-registered on 10th November 1986 by the CAA
Total Flights 273 Flights
Supersonic Flights 168 Flights
Total Flight Hours 574 Hrs 49 mins
Total Block Hours 632 Hrs 56 mins
Total Supersonic Hours 217 Hrs @ Mach1+
170 Hrs @ Mach2+
Top Speed reached Mach 2.23 (1450Mph, 2333Kph)
Maxiumum Height reached 63700Ft (over 12 miles high)
Current Usage Preserved at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK under the ownership of the Duxford Aviation Society.
Notes Although known to many as 01, the correct designation for the aircraft is 101. Initially designated 01 the serial number was changed to be a 3 digit number as the 2 digit number was not easily handled by computer systems of the time.
The fact that the Model number for the production aircraft were to be 100 (basic model),101 (French production) and 102 (UK production) were also possibly a factor why many though and still think of the aircraft simply as 01

The gestation period of the aircraft was so long that almost inevitably its design and indeed its specification changed after the Prototype design had become frozen. Hence the Pre-Production aircraft had a different wing plan form, more fuel, a higher engine standard, a "glass" visor rather than metal and a different intake system.

In fact the intake system on the British Pre-Production aircraft was even different again coming out very close to the final standard. It would not be true to say that the Pre-Production aircraft where superfluous but they were in a sense a luxury although probably necessary to keep the momentum of the project going. The British Pre-Production aircraft did about 600 hours and the French some more but in truth their contribution to the whole exercise turned out to be rather less than it was first intended.

Info By Peter Baker, BAC Concorde Flight Test Pilot

Important dates in 01's History

20/9/71 101 rolled out at Filton for start of ground testing
17/12/71 Maiden flight from Filton to Fairford with Brain Trubshaw as Pilot and John Cochrane as Co-Pilot
12/2/72 First supersonic flight. Supersonic flight was limited to Mach 1.5, as only fixed engine air intakes had been fitted due to the late decision being made to upgrade the control equipment to a digital system from the prototype's analogue one.
10/8/72 Returned to Filton for modification programme; including the fitting of new digitally controlled variable-geometry engine air intakes in place of the fixed one which had been used up till then. New Olympus 593 Mk 602 production standard engines were added along with new wing leading edges that improved aerodynamic performance.
15/3/73 Flew back to Fairford to re-commence the flight test programme
8/1/74 Flew to Tangier for engine intake performance trails, returning to Fairford 5 days later.
26/3/74 Further intake trials at Tangier following modification to intake control systems. During these tests the aircraft reached the highest speed ever reached by a Concorde of Mach2.23 (1,480MPH) at a then record height of 63,700ft. This record was surpassed when another Concorde flew to 68,000ft.
6/74 Flew to French Concorde test centre at Toulouse to take part in taxi-ing trials in special water troughs. These tests were to try or various types of water deflectors that would be fitted to the production aircraft to prevent water from a wet runway surface being thrown up into the engine air intakes.
9/74 Participated in the 1974 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, flying there each day from Fairford to open the flying display.
7/11/74 Flew from Fairford to Bangor, Maine, USA, in a record time of 2hrs 56 mins, this was the fastest ever East-west crossing of the North Atlantic, by a commercial airliner. 101 was on-route to Moses Lake in Washington State, for trails to proves the efficiency of Concorde's de-icing system. The aircraft had been fitted with a miniature closed circuit TV system which included camera that was fitted to the outside of the fuselage and a monitoring station in the rear cabin. The flight from Bangor to Moses took 4hrs 43mins, which was another record, this time for the fastest East-West crossing of the USA.
11/12/74 Returned from Moses to Bangor in another record time of 3hrs 50 mins
13/12/74The aircraft arrived back at Fairford from Bangor in the exact same time that it took to fly the outward leg.
26/2/75 G-AXDN visits Nairobi, via Cairo, for tropical icing trials.
12/375 Returned to Fairford from the tropical tests
15/5/75Test and development flying completed on 101, aircraft stored at Fairford.
21/1/77101 flown back to Filton for storage on closure of the Fairford test centre
8/77Aircraft readied for final flights to facilitate delivery to Duxford. An engine had to be borrowed to make the aircraft airworthy
18/8/77Tests at Filton, which itself had a short runway, to check that the aircraft could safely be landed and brought to a halt on the 6,000ft runway at Duxford.
20/8/77Delivery flight from Filton to Duxford with Brain Trubshaw as Pilot and John Cochrane as Co-Pilot.
3/78Aircraft put on open public display at Duxford where the public were given the opportunity to walkthrough the aircraft.
Aircraft Picture Gallery
G-AXDN takes off under full re-heated power during development testing in the 1970's Concorde 01 during flight development testing in the early 1970
Aerospatiale Picture
On display outside at Duxford during the early 1990's G-AXDN as she is presently in her indoor home at Duxford.
Another shot of G-AXDN at Duxford, before she was moved to her current position The Rollout of Concorde 101 at Filton in November 1971
BAC Picture
G-AXDN at Moses Lake in Washington State, for trails to proves the efficiency of Concorde's de-icing system
Picture by Bob Harrington
Concorde 101 during a display flight at the 1974 Farnborough Airshow
Picture By Tony Rogers
Concorde 101 under construction in the 'Brabazon' hanger at Filton.
BAC Picture
101's cockpit was much closer to the final production standard than the prototypes.
For more pictures of 01's cockpit look here


In-depth technical pictures of G-AXDN can be found in the detailed pictures section of the site, or have a look at the special section that includes a pictorial history of 101 at Duxford