CONCORDE SST

 
CONCORDE NUMBERING

Serial Numbers

The Concorde project called for 2 prototypes, 2 pre-production aircraft and then the production run.

The production aircraft it was planned in the 1960s would be sequentially numbered, eg 1,2,3,4..... the prototypes being 2 models away for the production aircraft would have 2 leaving zeros, eg 001 and 002, while the pre-production aircraft being only one standard away from the production aircraft would have only one leaving zero, eg 01 and 02.

So we had...

Aircraft Type
Serial Number
Registration
French Prototype
001
F-WTSS
British Prototype
002
G-BSST
British Pre-Production
01
G-AXDN
French Pre-Production
02
F-WTSA
French Production
1
F-WTSB
British Production
2
G-BBDG
French Production
3
F-WTSC (F-BTSC)
British Production
4
G-BOAC

 

That was the plan until.....

...they decided to bring a computer system into the production control process, to track parts are they were manufactured and designated for the specific aircraft. The problem was the aircraft needed to have 3 digit numbers, and this was problematic with the numbers 01 and 02. The solution was to rename these as 101 and 102. The prototypes, 001 and 002, were fine as they were already 3 digit numbers. It was further decided that the production aircraft would start as 201 202, etc.. If they got to 299 they would wrap to 300, or if a new model came out this could begin in the 300's or even 400's

So we now had...

Aircraft Type
Serial Number
Registration
French Prototype
001
F-WTSS
British Prototype
002
G-BSST
British Pre-Production
101
G-AXDN
French Pre-Production
102
F-WTSA
French Production
201
F-WTSB
British Production
202
G-BBDG
French Production
203
F-WTSC (F-BTSC)
British Production
204
G-BOAC

 

Quite often the pre-production aircraft were still known to many as 01 and 02 (Oh-One and Oh-Two), and to this day many people and books quote them as such. Officially they were classified as 101 and 102. Sometimes on this website I will use 01 or 101, they are the same thing, I do try to put both numbers together.

Variant (Model) Numbers.

The model numbers were specific for the airlines and followed a similar pattern of how Boeing would attach a 2 digit or 2 letter code to the aircraft eg a 747-100 for BA would be known as a 747-136, 36 being the BA code.

The initial Concordes were all variants of the model 100 (with 200 serial numbers...confusing eh!). Air France Concordes were model 101s and BA aircraft model 102s. Other customers such as Pan-Am would be 103. This number was specific for the configuration that the respective airlines would order Concorde, with their internal layout and specific cockpit options (eg radios and navigation aids)

The 3 original production Concordes were model 100s, subsequently 203 (F-BTSC) was upgraded to the Model 101 spec when officially passed to Air France in 1980.

Aircraft Type
Variant Number
Serial Number
Registration
French Production
100
201
F-WTSB
British Production
100
202
G-BBDG

French Production
(later Air France)

100 (later 101)
203
F-WTSC (F-BTSC)
British Airways Production
102
204
G-BOAC
Air France Production
101
205
F-BVFA
British Airways Production
102
206
G-BOAA
Air France Production
101
207
F-BVFB
British Airways Production
102
208
G-BOAB