|BCC110S||40th Anniversary of the First Flights of Concorde Coin Cover, signed by Michel Retif||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BCC110V||40th Anniversary of the First Flights of Concorde Coin Cover, signed Addley, Allen & Holding||£60.00||Buy Now|
|BCC110||40th Anniversary of the First Flights of Concorde Coin Cover, unsigned||£40.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 11/04/2009
Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of the First Flights of Concorde Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
When the men who built Concorde watched her take off for the first time, they already knew they'd created something very special. So it would be no surprise to them today to know that although she's no longer in service, Concorde remains the most talked about, loved and missed aircraft in the world. Many aviation engineers still claim that she beats every other passenger aircraft hands down and we couldn't agree more.
As part of our 40th Anniversary of the First Flights series we've produced this striking coin cover, featuring an iconic image of that distinguished nose, pointing to the skies! The medal has been designed by Cath, and it has been sculpted by Raphael Maklouf (who followed Arnold Machin with British Coins between 1985 - 1997). Between the two of them they have produced something really outstanding. Only 500 medals have been struck, so this alone will be rare even before it gets added to our covers!
There are four stamps in total on the cover: a French stamp postmarked in Toulouse on the 2nd March 2009 (where the very first flight took place); a stamp and label from our Concorde 40th anniversary sheet, which is postmarked on 9th April 2009 in Filton (where the first British flight took place) and finally two vintage Concorde stamps from 1969 - one British, one French. These will be cancelled with a special cachet.
If you like signed covers, then you'll love what we have to offer! Michel Retif, engineer on the very first flight, has very kindly signed a limited number of covers for us and for those of you who prefer your covers multi-signed, then we have a real treat for you: our cover signed by the three surviving flight test observers from the First British Flight, Peter Holding, Mike Addley and John Allan.
40th Anniversary of Concorde's First Flights
The Anglo-French supersonic aircraft Concorde prototype 001 took to the skies for the first time on Sunday March 2nd 1969. Journalists and TV crews from around the world gathered at Toulouse airport to witnes and transmit aviation history to millions of viewers worldwide. After the tense morning of waiting, the crew, comprising of Andre Turcat, Jacques Guignard, Michel Retif and Henri Perrier, taxied her to line up on the runway. After what seemed like an age, the four Olympus 593 engines fired into life, drowing the crowds' cheers in a great crescendo of sound. Concorde started her run up, quickly gathering speed until finally her distinctive nose lifted into the air to the excited shouts of British commemtator Raymond Baxter "she flies, she flies!".
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