Issue Date: 12/11/2010
Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of Concorde 002 Flying at Mach 2 Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This fantastic coin cover, the last in 2010 is a tribute to the amazing feat of engineering that was Concorde. It celebrates the 40th Anniversary of British prototype 002 achieving Mach 2 for the first time on 12th November 1970.
The cover features an iconic image of Concorde and a genuine 40th Anniversary Concorde medallion. It has a stamp and label from our special stamp sheet and is postmarked at Fairford on the anniversary date. It is available signed by Flight Engineer Alan Heywood.
40th Anniversary - Concorde 002 Flies at Mach 2
By October 1970 Concorde 002, with the analogue variable geometry engine air intake control system now installed, had extended the speed / altitude flight envelope and was poised to push on the design objective Mach 2 cruise point. On the 4th November, 002 was on the Fairford ramp for its 55th test flight with crew members Brian Trubshaw (Captain), John Cochrane (Co-Pilot), and myself Alan Heywood (Flight Enginer) in the flight deck, plus our thre Flight Test Observers, John Allan, Peter Holding and Alan Baxter of Rolls Royce down the back. All of us were pressure suited and helmeted, with back parachutes, single man dinghy seat packs etc. Increase the envelope to Mach 2 was on the flight programme that day.
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