Aim Higher, Fly Supersonic

1960-1969

1961 – 1962 – Anglo-French discussions on possible Supersonic Transport (SST) collaboration in Paris and Weybridge

Oct 1962 – First Anglo-French Mach 2.2 aircraft specification (medium-range and long-range versions) published

29 Nov 1962 – UK and French government sign agreement for joint development and production of a supersonic airliner

1963 – Preliminary design for 10-seat SST discussed with airlines

13 Jan 1963 – President de Gaulle uses name ‘Concorde’ (UK spelling remained ‘Concord’ to December 1967)

May 1963 – First metal cut for test specimens

3 June 1963 – First Concorde sales option signed by Pan American

05 June – President Kennedy announces US supersonic transport programme

1964 – Medium-range version abandoned; long-range version enlarged and announced

(20 percent increased in wing area; increased fuel tankage; takeoff weight increased to 330,000 lb)

July 1964 – Rolls Royce Olympus 593D first run, Bristol

April 1965 – First metal cut for Concorde prototypes

May 1965 – 130-seat preproduction Concorde design announced

Oct 1965 – Prototype Concorde sub-assemblies started

Nov 1965 – Rolls Royce Olympus 593B first run, Bristol

April 1966 – Final assembly of prototype 001 begins, Toulouse

August 1966 – Final assembly of prototype 002 begins, Filton

Sept 1966 – First flight of Vulcan test-bed with Olympus 593

Feb 1967 – Concorde interior mock-up at Filton presented to airlines

April 1967 – Complete Olympus 593 engine first test-run in high altitude chamber, Saclay

Dec 1967 – Prototype 001 rolled out, Toulouse and UK government agrees ‘Concorde’ spelling

Feb 1968 –  UK government announces £125 million loan for Concorde production

Sept 1968 – Prototype 002 rolled out, Filton

Dec 1968 – Olympus 593 ground testing reaches 5000 hours

31 Dec 1968 – First flight of Soviet Tu-144 prototype

March 1969 – Government authority given for nine airframes (two prototypes, two preproduction aircraft, two ground-test airframes and three production aircraft)

2 Mar 1969 – Concorde 001 maiden flight in Toulouse, France, captained by Andre Turcat

9 Apr 1969 – Concorde 002 maiden flight in Filton, Bristol, captained by Brian Trubshaw

June 1969 – First public appearance of both prototypes, Paris air show

1 Oct 1969 – 001 achieves Mach 1

 

 

 

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