CONCORDE SST


Rollout of Concorde 001 - F-WTSS
11th December 1967


BAC Picture
BAC Picture
BAC Picture
In Toulouse, with over 1,100 guests present, the first prototype Concorde (French spelling) was ceremonially rolled out. The aircraft was called Concorde 001. With the British Concord prototype almost complete, British technology minister Anthony Wedgwood Benn announced at Toulouse that from now on the British aircraft would also be called Concorde. The "e", he said, stood for "excellence, England, Europe and entente". It was said the overall shape, aerodynamics, flight controls, propulsion and auxiliary systems made Concorde a generation ahead of any other form of civil transport.

The first prototype, 001, was rolled out from its assembly hall at Toulouse. This first public appearance of the aeroplane was intended, through the medium of TV, newspapers and magazines, to give the world, and in particular the French and British taxpayers, a chance to see Concorde "in the flesh," and in this it was undoubtedly successful. But there was still much work to be done on the aircraft and months of painstaking checks and ground testing were to pass before the Western world's first supersonic transport was ready to make its maiden flight.

Representatives from the option holding airlines were present along with their respecitve cabin crew who posed for photographs infront of the aircraft.