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2 March 1969 Happy 40th Anniversary Concorde!  
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Toulouse-Blagnac 2 March 1969 on a foggy Sunday: BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde Prototype F-WTSS took to the sky for the first time at 3.15 in the afternoon.

The video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IQbexV1C7k

On board were chief test pilot André Turcat in command of the aircraft, flight engineer Michel Rétif and co-pilot Henri Perrier. The flight lasted 29 minutes.

This original picture from my own personal collection shows prototype F-WTSS aligned on the runway 1 March 1969 ready for take off. They could not go because of bad weather conditions the same as the day before. It took 3 days of waiting until she could fly.



Happy 40th Anniversary Concorde!


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
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User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3124 times:
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Happy Anniversary Concorde!

I was actually waiting for you to open the thread  Wink She still is beautiful plane  Smile



Flying high and low
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3097 times:



Quoting Teme82 (Reply 1):
I was actually waiting for you to open the thread Wink She still is beautiful plane Smile

Concorde then flew over Paris at low altitude on March 29 of the same year with the same test flight crew on board.

Not to forget her British counterpart Concorde 002 G-BSST maiden flight five weeks later.

Concorde 002 made her first flight of 22 min. duration from the B.A.C. facility at Filton to R.A.F. Fairford on April 9, 1969.

This is an absolutely fantastic video of the British Concorde's first ever flight taken from the private collection of Sir George Edwards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0P0zn43NKg

Another picture of mine Chief test pilots André Turcat and Brian Trubshaw at the 1969 Paris Air Show. Both Concorde prototypes F-WTSS and G-BSST took part that year.




There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

A better, longer colour film of the first flight with English subtitles. Thank you, Mark.
You can hear Raymond Baxter in the background: "She flies... Concorde flies".

Concorde prototype 001 - maiden flight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMCLIyJXvxg

 airplane   camera   cheerful 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25300 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2842 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Toulouse-Blagnac 2 March 1969 on a foggy Sunday: BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde Prototype F-WTSS took to the sky for the first time at 3.15 in the afternoon.

As a sidenote, another notable aircraft, the 747, made it's first flight just 3 weeks before Concorde, February 9, 1969.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
This original picture from my own personal collection

Do you have a personal connection to Concorde, or did you work for AF perhaps? Just curious based on your user name!


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