|BCON021||40th Anniversary of the First Flight of British Concorde, Filton postmark, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCON021A||40th Anniversary of the First Flight of British Concorde, alternative Concorde 002 postmark||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCON021ASQ||40th Ann First Flight Brit Concorde, alt Concorde wavy line P/M signed Allan, Addley & Holding||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCON021S||40th Anniversary of the First Flight of British Concorde, Filton postmark, signed John C Allan||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCON021AS||40th Ann of the First Flight of British Concorde, alt Concorde 002 postmark, signed John C Allan||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BCON021ASP||40th Ann First Flight of British Concorde, alt Concorde 002 P/M signed Allan, Addley & Holding||£42.50||Buy Now|
|BCON021SP||40th Ann of the First Flight of British Concorde, signed John Allan, Mike Addley & Pete Holding||£42.50||Buy Now|
|BCON021SP2||40th Ann First Flight of British Concorde, signed Mike Bannister, Alan Heywood & Barbara Harmer||£75.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 09/04/2009
Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of the First Flight of British Concorde
Producer: Buckingham Covers
A British First for Concorde. British prototype Concorde 002 (G-BSST) flew for the first time on 9th April 1969 from Filton, Bristol, little more than a month after the successful first flight of her French counterpart Concorde 001 (F-WTSS).
We are delighted to mark the occasion with this stylish cover which we are offering postmarked on the day at Filton. The cover has a 1st class Concorde stamp, and a stamp and label from our Concorde stamp sheet, along with a Filton, Bristol postmark. It has been doubled with three 1969 Concore stamps and a '40th Anniversary' cachet.
It is available in the following signed options:
BCON021S: - Signed by John C Allan
BCON021SP: - Signed by John C Allan, Mike Addley and Pete Holding
BCON021SP2: - Signed by Mike Bannister, Alan Heywood and Barbara Harmer
BCON021AS: - Signed by John C Allan (with alternative Concorde 002 postmark)
BCON021ASP: - Signed by John C Allan, Mike Addley and Pete Holding (with alternative Concorde 002 postmark)
BCON021ASQ: - Signed by John C Allan, Mike Addley and Pete Holding (with alternative Concorde, Filton postmark)
The First Flight of British Concorde
She was piloted by Brian Trubshaw, who had witnessed the first ever flight for himself in March, and was eager to execute an equally professional and impressive display with the British prototype. He was joined by Deputy Chief Test Pilot John Cochrane and Flight Test Observers John Allan, Peter Holding and Mike Addley.
The same feeling of trepidation and excitement surrounded the event, as it had in Toulouse, with an expectant crowd gathered to witness and report once again. Everyone watched in awe as Concorde 002 made her high speed taxi down the runway, successfully soaring into the sky above before fading into the horizon.
After just 22 minutes in the air, Concorde 002 made her return to Earth, not back at Filton, but at nearby RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, 50 miles to the north-east. This was because the runway at Filton, at 9,000 feet long, was too short! Even though both radar altimeters failed, Brian Trubshaw made an exemplary landing and the first flight of British Concorde was complete.
Both flights had been a triumph of aviation engineering. For Concorde, this was just the beginning. She reigned as Queen of the Skies for 30 years until she made her final commercial flight in October 2003.
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Alan Heywood, BAC / Bae Concorde Flight Engineer was born in Yorkshire in 1938. He did an Aircraft Industry Apprenticeship with A.V. Roe & Gloster Aircraft Co.
Barbara Harmer was the first qualified female Concorde pilot.
Mike Bannister is an airline pilot. He is most famous as the Chief Pilot of British Airways' Concorde fleet, a post which he held from 1995 until its withdrawal from service in 2003.