|BCON007||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to New York, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCON007S||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to New York, signed Captain Leslie Scott||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCON007SET||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to New York, set of 3 unsigned covers||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BCON007S2||30 Years Since Concordes First Flight to New York, signed by Tim Orchard and Peter Duffey||£30.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 22/11/2007
Issue Name: 30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to New York
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We produced a series of 5 covers to mark the 30th Anniversary of Concorde's maiden flights. This is the 3rd cover in the series, commemorating the first Concorde passenger flight to New York. This stunning cover has both a stamp and label from our third and final Concorde sheet. A limited number were signed by Captain Leslie Scott, who broke the world speed record in Concorde in 1996, when he flew from JFK to Heathrow in 2hrs 52 minutes and 59 seconds, or double signed by Captain Tim Orchard and Captain Peter Duffey.
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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