A BA press release has just come my way :
I am pleased to announce that Concorde's technical verification flight will
take place tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 17th July.
Tomorrow's flight, which is a requirement of the manufacturer Airbus UK, is
part of the programme to return Concorde safely back to commercial service
again. It follows a series of ground tests and inspections and the installation
of Kevlar-rubber compound fuel tank liners designed to minimise any fuel leaks
should the wing skin be punctured. The wiring in the undercarriage area has
also been strengthened.
Concorde will depart from the Engineering base at 1400 local. It will fly for
approximately three and a half hours and land at RAF Brize Norton.
The flight will be under the command of Captain Mike Bannister and CAA Chief
Test pilot Jock Reid on behalf of Airbus UK. There will be no passengers on board.
This is another important step towards returning Concorde safely back to service
and I would like to thank the engineering teams for their tremendous work since