Monday, 11 January 2010

Concorde Timeline

Supersonic airline research in Europe began in 1956 and resulted in the British and French Governments signing an international treaty for the joint design, development and manufacture of a supersonic airliner six years later. The first prototype was rolled out at Toulouse in 1967 and since then, there have been a number of notable dates in the history of Concorde.

2 March 1969
First flight of Concorde 001 from Toulouse France.

9 April 1969
First flight of Concorde 002 from Filton, Bristol, UK to its test centre at Fairford.

1 October 1969
Concorde's first supersonic flight.

28 June 1972
British Airways (BOAC) orders five Concordes.

20 September 1973
Concorde 002 lands at Dallas/ Fort Worth on first visit to the USA.

17 June 1974
Concorde makes its first double Atlantic crossing in one day.

5 December 1975
UK Civil Aviation Authority awards Concorde its Certificate of Airworthiness.

21 January 1976
British Airways commences commercial supersonic travel from London to Bahrain.

22 November 1977
British Airways Concorde's first London - New York commercial flight.

8 November 1986
First round the world flight by a British Airways Concorde - covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours 59 minutes.

7 February 1996
Concorde G-BOAD crosses the Atlantic between New York and London in a new record flight time of 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

11 August 1999
Two British Airways Concordes fly in supersonic formation to chase the total eclipse of the sun.

7 November 2001
British Airways re-launches its scheduled services to New York.

4 June 2002
Concorde flies up the Mall with the Red Arrows to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

24 October 2003
Concorde makes it’s last commercial flight from New York to London.