Jean Pinet was a test pilot, a fighter pilot, an airline pilot and a major figure in the development of Concorde.
Along with Andre Turcat, he was the first Concorde pilot to cross the Sound Barrier Mach 1 on the 1st October 1969.
He piloted the first international flight on 25th May 1971, when Concorde routed Paris-Dakar, completing the 2,796 miles (4,500km) flight in 2hr 35min
Between 4th and 18th September 1971, Concorde prototype 001 undertook a trouble-free tour to Brazil and Argentina. Pinet was the first to fly the South Atlantic on 4th September 1971 and to fly to Toulouse-Sal (Capo Verde Islands), again with Andre Turcat. This was followed with a tour to Rio, Sao-Paulo, Buenos Ayres, and back to Toulouse with additional pilots Pierre Dudal and Jean Dabos.
In 1974 Jean Pinet and Gilbert Defer had a race with an Air France B747. They started from Charles de Gaul to Boston and back. The B747 left Boston at the same time that Concorde left CDG. Concorde refuelled in Boson and won the race by 15 minutes.
Legion of Honor
National Order of Merit
Emeritus Member of the AAAF Career
President and General Secretary of ANAE
Co Chairman and Co Founder of the Flight Safety Foundation
Co Founder of EURISCO
Founder of Association Ground Take –off
JEAN PINET IS ONE OF THE GREAT NAMES IN AVIATION HISTORY