|BCON006B||30 Yrs Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington (not flown), with Heathrow CDS postmark, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006A||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington (not flown), 30th anniversary P/M, unsigned||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington flown cover, unsigned||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006S6||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington (not flown), signed by Peter Baker||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006S||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington flown cover, signed Paul Douglas||£45.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006S3||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington flown cover, signed by Raymond Baxter||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006S2||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington flown, signed by Paul Douglas & Tony Benn||£55.00||Buy Now|
|BCON006S5||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington (not flown), signed by Gilbert Defer||£65.00||Buy Now|
|BCONXL006||30 Years Since Concordes First Flight to Washington, set of 10 unsigned covers||£200.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 24/05/2006
Issue Name: 30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Washington
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We produced a series of 5 covers to mark the 30th Anniversary of Concorde's maiden passenger flights. This is the 2nd cover in the series, commemorating the first Concorde passenger flight to Washington. The superb cover has both a stamp and label from our 2nd Concorde sheet and was flown to Washington on the Anniversary day. Each cover was postmarked in London, UK and in Washington, USA. They also have a flown cachet.
There are 10 different Concorde stamp label designs. We offered sets of 10 covers using each label or the chance to buy just one cover (our choice of labels).
Concorde first flew on test flights in 1969, but it was not until 5th December 1975 that she received her British Certificate of Airworthiness. There were still many obstacles to overcome, not the least of which was that the House of Representatives in Washington voted by 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.
There was a breakthrough on the 4th February 1976, when William Coleman, US Secretary of Transportation approved both companies to operate two Concorde services each per day to New York and one service each per day to Washington for a trial period of 16 months. On the 13th February, the second British Airways Concorde G-BOAC (204) was delivered, but there was another blow to come. On 11th March, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey banned Concorde from landing at its airports.
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Captain Paul Douglas joined BA in 1974 as a Trident co-pilot and became Concorde co-pilot in 1988. He was the last Concorde Captain to fly passengers to Washington.
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, originally known as Anthony Wedgwood Benn, but later as Tony Benn, was a British politician, writer, and diarist.
Raymond Frederic Baxter OBE was an English television presenter and writer. He is best known for being the first presenter of the BBC Television science programme Tomorrow's World, continuing for 12 years, from 1965 to 1977.
Gilbert Defer was one of the most important of the Concorde Test Pilots.
Captain Peter P Baker was a Concorde test pilot.