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Issue Date: 21/11/1983
Issue Name: 1983 Flown French Space Academy Cover Signed by Andre Turcat
1983 Flown French Space Academy Cover Signed By Andre Turcat, with a French stamp and a Toulouse postmark.
Major André Édouard Turcat was a French Air Force pilot and test pilot. Turcat was born on 23rd October 1921 in Marseille into a family in the automotive industry. He studied at Ecole Polytechnique.
He became Concorde's chief test pilot and Sud Aviation's director of flight testing. On 2nd March 1969, Turcat had the honor of flying the first prototype of Concorde for its maiden flight. Later that year (1st October), he was also at the controls for Concorde's first supersonic flight. Turcat conducted the rest of the French side of the Concorde test program (Brian Trubshaw being the chief test pilot on the British side) and retired from active flying duty in the late 1970s. Both Turcat and Trubshaw were awarded the Ivan C. Kincheloe Award for their work on the Concorde test program.