KEY EVENTS PAGE 1 - In Progress

This page lists the Major Events in Concorde's History, up until she enter passenger service
as this section is a work in progress not all the links for further details currently work.

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

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.

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Rollout of Concorde 002 - G-BSST
19th September 1968

BAC Picture
Nearly a year after the rollout of the French prototype F-WTSS, the British prototype Registered as G-BSSTand known as Concorde 002 (the first aircraft assembled in Britain) was rolled out from the so-called Brabazon hangar at the British Aircraft Corporation's plant at Filton, Bristol.

The aircraft was fully painted and looked like it could possibly fly within the next few weeks, although in reality many months of ground testing lay ahead before her first flight.

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First Ever Flight of Concorde
Concorde 001 - 2nd March 1969

BAC Picture
Concorde prototype 001, registered as F-WTSS, was now packed with ten tons of test instruments. Its first flight from Toulouse had been delayed for several days due to bad weather. At 15:40 hrs, captained by chief test pilot Andre Turcat, Concorde 001 started its first take off run, with afterburners lit, the four Olympus 593 engines briskly accelerated the aircraft, and after 4,700 feet of runway and at a speed of 205 knots captain Turcat, flying manually throughout, rotated 001. The aircraft climbed steeply away accompanied by two chase aircraft, one taking film and the other to serve the calibration of Concorde's airspeed indication systems. For this historic flight the landing gear was left in the down position and the "droop-snoot" nose left lowered. Accompanying Andre Turcat that day was copilot Jaques Guignard, and engineer observers Henri Perrier and Michel Retif. At 16:08 hrs Concorde 001 made a perfect landing.

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First Flight of Concorde 002
9th April 1969

BAC Picture
Concorde 002 (G-BSST) made its first flight from Filton. Concorde 002's crew for that flight was chief test pilot for commercial aircraft BAC, Brian Trubshaw; copilot John Cochrane; and Brian Watts the engineer observer. After carrying out the specified test items G-BSST made its approach to RAF Fairford that had been equipped as the main Concorde flight test centre. With both radar altimeters failed, and the crew being 35 feet above the landing gear, Brian Trubshaw made an impeccable landing.

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First Concorde Supersonic Flight
1st October 1969

Aerospatiale Picture
Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) on its 45th test flight exceeded Mach 1 for the first time. At an altitude of 36,000 feet and 75 miles from Toulouse it held Mach 1.05 for 9 minutes from 11:29 hrs. From now on both Concorde prototypes were to proceed up the Mach scale during flight tests.

Concorde Reaches Mach2
4th November 1970

Aerospatiale Picture
Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) reached Mach 2 on 4th November with Concorde 002 (G-BSST) reaching Mach 2 on November12th.

The Picture shows both aircraft in flight together at the Paris Airshow.

Concorde 001's South American Tour
September 1971

Aerospatiale Picture
Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) arrived back in Toulouse having completed a two week tour of South America. The tour started with Concorde 001 making its first transatlantic flight. Concorde arrived in Rio de Janeiro via the Cape Verde islands, Cayenne and Sao Paolo, where it was the highlight of the 'France 71' exhibition and made several demonstration flights. During the tour, Concorde 001 flew for a total of 29 hrs 52 mins, of which 13 hrs 30 mins were at supersonic speed, 9 hrs 21 mins of them at Mach 2.

Concorde 01's Rolled out at Filton
20th September 1971

BAC Picture
Registered G-AXDN, Concorde 01, the first pre-production aircraft was rolled out at Filton.

After the rollout, 4 months of ground testing and final fit outs took place before the first flight.

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Concorde 01's Maiden Flight
17th December 1971

BAC Picture
Concorde 01 (G-AXDN) the first pre-production aircraft made its first flight from Filton to test centre at RAF Fairford.

Brain Trubshaw was Pilot for the flight and John Cochrane was Co-Pilot.

All 3 Development Aircraft together
6th January 1972

BAC Picture
All 3 Concorde's (001, 002, 01) were together at Fairford.

Concorde 002's Far East Tour
2nd June - 1st July 1972

BAC Picture
Concorde 002 (G-BSST) left Fairford and began a 45,000 mile sales demonstration tour of 12 countries in the Far East and Australia.

On time, Concorde 002 (G-BSST) returned to London Heathrow having completed its sales demonstration tour of the Far East and Australia.

First and Only Concorde orders
28th July - 1st July 1972

BOAC (soon to be British Airways) ordered 5 aircraft, and Air France ordered 4.

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First Concorde flight with RAF Red Arrows

Arthur Gibson / BAC Picture
Concorde 01 flew with the Red Arrows when they flew in their Folland Gnat jet trainer. At this time both the Reds and the Concorde test programme were based at RAF Fairford. The flight was possibly flown by John Cochrane with Dennis Ackary as flight engineer and George Wood as navigator.

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Start of Route proving with Concorde G-BOAC and F-BTSC
28th May 1973

BAC Picture
A special category Certificate of Airworthiness was awarded to Concorde 203 (F-WTSC), its registration was changed to F-BTSC. The aircraft then started 'endurance' flying, routes flown were, Paris - Dakar, Paris - Rio via Dakar, Paris - Caracus via Lisbon , Paris - Gander, North Atlantic - Mediterranean (6 sorties).

7th July: Concorde 204 (G-BOAC) started its 'endurance' flying. Destinations covered were London, Bahrain, Bombay, Kuala Lumper, Singapore, Melbourne, Beirut, Gander and Damascus.

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See the Concorde timeline pages for a detailed chronology of the Concorde programme from 1962 to the present day.