Issue Date: 02/03/2009
Issue Name: British Design Classics - Concorde Set of 4 Smilers Covers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
A Design Classic of the Winged Variety. This cover for our Design Classics issue is a tribute to Concorde. This stylish set of 4 covers feature the sleek profile of the aircraft in flight and each cover features 5 stamps and labels from the Concorde Design classic generic stamp sheet, along with a first day of issue postmark. It is available as a set of 4 or as a single cover.
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40th Anniversary of Concorde
British technology minister Anthony Wedgewod Benn announced at Toulouse on the first roll out of the French Concorde 001, that from now on the British aircraft would also be called Concorde. The 'e' he said stood for 'excellence, England, Europe and entente'.
On 2nd March 1969, Concorde prototype 001, registered as F-WTSS, now packed with ten tons of test instruments, flew for the very first time. At 15.40 hours, captained by chief test pilot Andre Turcat, Concorde 001 started its first take off run, with afterburners lit, the four Olympus 593 engines briskly accelerated the aircraft, and after 4,477 feet of runway and at a speed of 205 knots captain Turcat, flying manually throughout, rotated 001. The aircraft climbed steeply away accompanied by two chase aircraft, one taking film and the other to serve the callibration of Concorde's airspeed indication systems. For this historic flight the landing gear was left in the down position and the 'droop-snoot' nose left lowered. Accompanying Andre Turcat that day was co-pilot Jacques Guignard, and engineer observer Henri Perrier and Michel Retif. At 16:08 hours Concorde 001 mad a perfect landing.
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