|BC333N||British Design Classics - Concorde Retail Booklet (Birmingham Postmark), unsigned||£20.00||Limited Availability|
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Issue Date: 18/08/2009
Issue Name: British Design Classics - Concorde Retail Booklet (Birmingham Postmark)
Producer: Buckingham Covers
A Design Classic of the Winged Variety. This cover for our Design Classics issue is a tribute to Concorde.This stylish cover features the sleek profile of the aircraft in flight and is accompanied by a single Concorde stamp from the retail booklet, and has been postmarked at Concorde Tower, Birmingham. It is available signed by Alan Heywood (back up crew on the first flight) or Barbara Harmer and Mike Bannister, or Michel Retif and Mike Bannister. This would make a lovely addition to any collection.
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Concorde first flew on test flights in 1969, but it was not until the 5th December 1975 that she received her British Certificate of airworthiness. There were many obstacles to overcome, not least of which was that the House of Representatives in Washington voted 199 to 198 to put a six month ban on Concorde landing in the USA. British Airways and Air France had planned six flights a day to New York and Washington so this was a huge blow.
Air France took delivery of their first Concorde F-BVFA (205) on the 19th December 1975 and on the 14th January 1976, British Airways took delivery of their first Concorde G-BOAA (206). Everything was ready to start services although flights to the USA were not allowed. On the 21st January 1976 both companies started their first passenger flights, British Airways on the London to Bahrain route and Air France flew Paris to Rio via Dakar.
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Michel Retif, a former flight Engineer, put his expertise at the service of civil aviation after the Second World War. He flew on Concorde and Caravelle.
Alan Heywood, BAC / Bae Concorde Flight Engineer was born in Yorkshire in 1938. He did an Aircraft Industry Apprenticeship with A.V. Roe & Gloster Aircraft Co.
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.
Barbara Harmer was the first qualified female Concorde pilot.