|BCON040||50th Anniversary of Concordes First Flight||£12.95||Pre Order|
Issue Date: 09/04/2019
Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of Concordes First Flight
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 9th April 1969 the British assembled 002 prototype made its maiden flight from Filton to Bristol. Large crowds gathered to watch the momentous occasion. This beautiful cover marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
The cover features a stunning painting by aviation artist Mark Bromley. It has a 1st class Union Jack flag stamp and has been postmarked on the anniversary (9th April, 2019), this cover also features an original 1969 Concorde stamp and special cachet.
Concorde was the first supersonic passenger-carrying commercial airplane (supersonic transport, SST), a joint project built by aircraft manufacturers in both Great Britain and France. Construction of two prototypes began in February 1965. The first flight took place on Sunday 2nd March 1969, when Concorde prototype 001 took off from Toulouse airport, the initial flight having been postponed from the previous day due to heavy mist.
British-assembled 002 made its first flight on the 9th April 1969 from Filton, Bristol. Although taking off from Filton, 002 had to land at the RAF station at Fairford in Gloucestershire, 50 miles to the north-east, as the runway at Filton was too short at less than 9,000ft Iong.