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40th Anniversary of G-AXDN Concorde 101 Maiden Flight

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  • 40th Anniversary of G-AXDN Concorde 101 Maiden Flight
  • Stunning image of G-AXDN high above the clouds
  • With a 1st class Concorde stamp
  • And a Filton, Bristol postmark (17th December, 2011)
  • Available signed by Captain Mike Bannister


Issue Date: 17/12/2011

Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of G-AXDN Concorde 101 Maiden Flight

Producer: Buckingham Covers

 

Concorde 101 was the third to be built for test purposes before the world's first supersonic airliner went into production. On 17th December 2011 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of its maiden flight!

Our lovely cover features a single 1st class Concorde stamp and a Filton, Bristol postmark (17th December, 2011). It has a breathtaking image of G-AXDN high above the clouds and is available signed by Concorde Captain Mike Bannister.

 

  • 40th Anniversary of G-AXDN Concorde 101 Maiden Flight
  • Stunning image of G-AXDN high above the clouds
  • With a 1st class Concorde stamp
  • And a Filton, Bristol postmark (17th December, 2011)
  • Available signed by Captain Mike Bannister

 

The Maiden Flight of Concorde 101 G-AXDN

Concorde, number 101, was the third to be built for test purposes before the world's first supersonic airliner went into production. The French and British prototypes made their maiden flights in March and April 1969 and Concorde entered commercial service in January 1976 with British Airways and Air France. It first flew in 1971 and carried 12 tons (12,209 kg) of test equipment for a five year period of test flying. During this time all aspects of Concorde's structure and flight performance were measured with 209 flying hours at supersonic speed and 170 of these at twice the speed of sound. In 1974 this aircraft reached Mach 2.23 while making the fastest flight of any Concorde.

16th Apr 1969: First Registered as G-AXDN to UK Ministry of Technology

19th Feb 1971: Registered again as G-AXDN to Ministry of Aviation Supply

20th Sep 1971: Rollout at Filton

10th Aug 1972: Returned to Filton for a special upgrade to production standard, receiving the Olympus 593 Mk 602 engines

15th Mar 1973: Returned from Filton to Fairford after its major modification programme

07th Nov 1974: Test flight for ordinary de-icing trials, performing the fastest ever civil flight over North Atlantic

26th Feb 1975: Flight to Nairobi, Kenya via Cairo, for tropical de-icing trials

20th Aug 1977: Registered again as G-AXDN on delivery to Duxford Aviation Museum

20th Aug 1977: Retired to the Duxford Aviation Museum

12th July 1991: Re-painted

 

Want to see all our Concorde covers? View them all here

 

Mike Bannister is an airline pilot. He is most famous as the Chief Pilot of British Airways' Concorde fleet, a post which he held from 1995 until its withdrawal from service in 2003.

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