Mach 2 April 2019
Introduction The subject of this commemorative issue is Concorde’s 50th anniversary. Half a century ago, in the spring of 1969, the work of more than six years and 250,000 people was brought to fruition when the two Concorde prototypes made their maiden flights. We look back at those momentous occasions and what they meant to the participants and spectators. Colin Mitchell, former director of Goodwood Travel, remembers an earlier anniversary – the 20th, for which he and his company organised a double Concorde flight by British and French aircraft. Lastly, we have news of the anniversary celebrations in France and the UK. These events have included crew members from those first flights; former Concorde pilots, engineers, and cabin crew members, passengers; and enthusiasts. Their vivid memories and continuing delight in Concorde leave no doubt about the love and admiration that people still hold for the aircraft now. Here’s to the next 50 years.
In this issue 2 Introduction 3 The maiden flights Katie John 7 A landmark achievement David Morris 8 Concorde’s 20th anniversary Colin Mitchell 11 From first to last Nigel Ferris 13 Les souvenirs de 50 ans Celebrations in Toulouse and Paris
16 Concorde Watch Events at Manchester, Brooklands, and Duxford Editor: Katie John Contributing editor: Nigel Ferris Cover: French prototype Concorde 001 (F-WTSS) takes off for his first flight. Photo © Fleet Air Arm Museum
Commemorating 50th anniversary of Concorde jet's maiden flights