|BCSHEET49||40th Anniversary of Concorde Reaching Mach 2 Sheet||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET49S||40th Anniversary of Concorde Reaching Mach 2 Sheet signed by Alan Heywood||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 04/11/2010
Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of Concorde Achieving Mach 2 Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The challenge of designing an aircraft, capable of carrying passengers in comfort and at a speed that even fighter jets cannot achieve for even a few minutes, is an impressive feat of engineering. This amazing achievement was encapsulated in Concorde, the best loved airliner ever produced.
Our great sheet celebrates 40 years since the landmark flights which saw both prototype Concordes 001 and 002 reach Mach 2. The sheet features a stunning black and white shot of prototype 002 making a graceful take off and the labels show various shots of the majestic airliner in flight. The sheet has the Union Jack stamps and is a limited edition of 500 sheets.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack flag stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
Want to keep your sheets safe? Click here to see our stamp sheet album
Total number of sheets printed: 500
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.
Following service in the Royal Air Force, Alan flew with Transglobe Airways before being recruited by BAC as Concorde Project Flight Engineer; joining Flight Operations Department at Filton early in 1967.
He was back up crew for the first flight of Prototype 002, and flew in the chase Canberra with Peter Baker on that day in 1969.
On 002's eleventh flight, Alan flew as Flight Engineer on his first of over 500 Concorde test flights in all the Filton assembled prototypes and production aircraft; 115 of these in prototype 002 G-BSST.
Alan flew with Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane on 002's eventful first flight to reach Mach 2 on the 12 November 1970, a big milestone in the project.
Alan continued with several first flights and numerous overseas trials, and flew with Brian Trubshaw throughout the 1975 Route Proving / B.A. crew training, flying to the Far East, Australia, and the North Atlantic, which included a remarkable 5hr 20 minute return Atlantic crossing; all in G-BOAC.
In 1980 with the Concorde flight test programme drawing to a close, Alan moved to Airbus Industrie in Toulouse, followed by a return to airline flying with Gulf Air and finally “The best job in Aviation again” based in Hong Kong and flying for Cathay Pacific Airways.