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.
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
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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.