Sunday, 3 March 2019

Events to Mark 50th Anniversary of Concorde's Maiden Flight

Events will be held across the UK to mark the 50th anniversary of Concorde's maiden flight on Saturday.

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts will flock to museums and airfields where the supersonic airliner is on display.

They will have the opportunity to meet Concorde pilots, step on board the aircraft and view footage of the first flight.

Recent refurbishment means the distinctive nose of Concorde will be moved at exhibition sites at Manchester Airport, Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire and Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

The nose lowered during take-off and landing when Concorde was operational, to give pilots better visibility.

Events are also taking place at Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset, Aerospace Bristol in Filton, near Bristol, and locations in France and Germany.

The first Concorde prototype took off from Toulouse in the south of France on March 2 1969.

It was flown for 27 minutes by test pilot Andre Turcat.

Born out of a joint Anglo-French project, Concorde's success was savoured as a moment of intense national pride for both countries.

Most impressive of all was its speed. A cruising velocity of twice the speed of sound, or 1,350 mph, allowed it to cover a mile in just 2.75 seconds.

Concorde quickly established itself as the way to travel for the discerning tycoon and Hollywood star.

Its fine wines and five-star cuisine assured it a large, well-heeled fan base, with regular passengers including the likes of Joan Collins, Sir Paul McCartney and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Travelling on Concorde became an experience in itself, with passengers speaking of the "kick in the back" as the aircraft took off.

Concorde was retired from service in October 2003, with British Airways and Air France blaming a downturn in passenger numbers and rising maintenance costs.


From sleek lines high in the sky down to swish lines at ground level, the two latest albums on the site focus attention on the East Coast Main Line railway. The first features the new fleet of Japanese Azuma trains on proving runs for the London North Eastern Railway, whilst the second illustrates a selection of other operators that use the line. All can now be viewed by clicking  here  and here