Aim Higher, Fly Supersonic

1970-1979

25 March 1970 – 002 achieves Mach 1

1 Sept 1970 – 002 makes first flight on UK west-coast test corridor

Nov 1970 – 001 and 002 achieve Mach 2

Jan 1971 – 100th supersonic flight logged

24 March 1971 – US Congress stops US supersonic transport programme

April 1971 – Four more production Concordes (7-10) authorised plus long-dated materials for a further six

25 May 1971 – 001 appears at Paris air show; flies to Dakar (2500 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes) – first international flight

June 1971 –  Total Concorde flight-test time reaches 500 hours; bench and flight development engine testing totals 10,000 hours

July 1971 – Airline pilots fly Concorde at Mach 2

20 Sept 1971 – 01, first preproduction Concorde, rolled out, Filton

22 Dec 1971 – Pricing formula for initial Concorde customer airlines announced in UK Parliament

12 Jan 1972 – Prince Philip pilots 002 prototype during two-hour flight

12 Feb 1972 – 01 exceeds Mach 1

13 April 1972 – Production aircraft 11-16 authorised

24 July 1972 – China signs preliminary purchase agreement with Aerospatiale for two Concordes

28 July 1972 – British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)  orders five Concordes, Air France orders four, for delivery in 1975

28 August 1972 –  China signs preliminary purchase agreement with British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) for a third Concorde

14 Sept 1972 – Advanced materials for six more production Concorde (17-22) authorised

28 Sept 1972 – 02, second preproduction machine, rolled out, Toulouse

5 Oct 1972 – Iranair signs preliminary purchase agreement for two Concordes plus option on third

11 Dec 1972 – UK government production finance loan increased to £350 million

31 Jan 1973 – Pan American and TWA decide not to take up their Concorde options

23 Feb 1973 – 02 makes non-stop flight Toulouse to Iceland and return (6000 km, equivalent to Paris to New York) in 3 hours 27 minutes, including 2 hours 9 minutes at Mach 2

March 1973 – Sales option system abonded

3 June 1973 – Production Tu-144 crashes at Le Bourget, Paris

18 Sept 1973 – 02 leaves Paris for first US visit for opening of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport visiting Las Palmas and Caracas en route

26 Sept 1973 –  02 returns from USA in record-breaking Washington to Paris time of 3 hours 33 minutes

6 Oct 1973 – Egypt and Syria attack Israel on Yom Kippur holy day which de-stabilizes the Middle East, the world’s leading producer of oil.

19 Oct 1973 – US support of Israel leads Saudi Arabia and OPEC to initiate an oil embargo and raise oil prices which leads to the 1973 oil crisis and has a knock-on effect towards Concorde sales due to supersonic speeds using more fuel than ordinary aircraft

19 July 1974 – UK and France agree production run of 16 Concordes

27 August 1974 – First Middle East demonstration flight by 202, visiting Qatar, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat

12 Sept 1974 – Flight testing total reaches 3000 hours

21 Oct 1974 – Supersonic flight total reaches 1000 hours

28 Feb 1975 – 202 begins three weeks of certification trials at Madrid

5 Dec 1975 – Concorde receives British Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A)

21 Jan 1976 – Airline service begins; London to Bahrain (British Airways, 206) and Paris to Rio via Dakar (Air France, 205)

4 Feb 1976 – Decision by Secretary Coleman approving Concorde services to New York and Washington for 16-months trial period

11 March 1976 – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey imposes ban on Concorde operations

Oct 1977 – US Supreme Court denies port authority appeal and proving flights to New York begin (201)

2 Nov 1977 – The Queen and Prince Philip return from Barbados on BA Concorde

9 Dec 1977 – Service from London to Singapore via Bahrain begins (jointly BA and Singapore Airlines); suspended after on three services because of overflying ban by Malaysia

21 Sept 1979 – UK and French governments announce unsold aircraft and support engines to be placed with BA and AF

16 Dec 1979 – BA Concorde flies London to New York in 2 hours 59 minutes 36 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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