CONCORDE SST
Number 202 : G-BBDG

 

Aircraft Number 202 
Current Registration  G-BBDG
Manufacturer's Serial Number 100 -002
Production Variant Number  100
Maiden Flight  13th February 1974 : Filton - Fairford
Final Flight  24th December 1981 : Filton - Filton
British Airways Ownership  April 1st 1984 (as part of £16.5M Concorde support buy-out)
Registration History First registered as G-BBDG on 7th August 1973 to the British Aircraft Corporation Ltd 

De-Registered - TBC

Number Of Flights

633

Supersonic Flights

374

Subsonic Flights

259
Total Block Hours
1435 hrs 3 mins
Total Flying Hours
1282 hrs 09 mins
Total Supersonic Hours Flown
514 hrs 09mins
Current Useage

Open to visitors at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK

WWW.BROOKLANDSCONCORDE.COM

Notes

The two production test aircraft (201 and 202) were different in many ways from their four predecessors, necessitating repeating certain work to obtain certification. It was really these two aircraft that did the bulk of the flying that allowed the final certification of Concorde for airline service. However, even though called production aircraft, they never went into service because the final version, as specified by the airlines, was different yet again, although not in a way that affected handling or performance certification.

Like the prototype aircraft, Delta Golf was fitted with a flight observers' station and test equipment in the forward cabin but the aft cabin was fitted with seats. Delta Golf was called a production aircraft, but never went into commercial service because the final version specified by the airlines was different yet again, although not in a way that affected handling or performance certification.

202 carried on flying after the 14 production aircraft had been delivered to the airlines. Work included further performance enhancements, such as the certification of the re-designed air intake profile. This modification, coupled to an uprated engine, allowed an increase in payload of 1,500-2,000 lbs.

Another change was an extention of the control surface trailing edges (by around two inches)- a modification that many now feel was part of the reason for the rudder de-laminations seen on the fleet over the years.

Delta Golf was the fastest production Concorde and in 1974 she became the first aircraft ever to carry 100 people at twice the speed of sound.

After her final landing at Filton in December 1981. The aircraft was kept serviceable at Filton throughout early 1982 for any further development work or test flights that might be required. British Airways acquired the aircraft in 1984 and started using her as a major source of spare parts. To protect its investment and to keep her out of public view, British Airways constructed a special hangar at Filton for Delta Golf in 1988.

In 1995, Concorde G-BOAF's droop nose was damaged in a ground handling accident at Heathrow and BA decided to replace it with the droop nose on Delta Golf. The nose from 'Alpha Foxtrot' was then stored (but was later repaired at Brooklands Museum and fitted to Delta Golf in 2005).

In 2002, long after Delta Golf's flying days were over, the airframe was used to test fit and certify new strengthened cockpit doors required by the authorities after September 11th 2001.

In October 2003, Delta Golf was offered to Brooklands Museum for restoration and public display. Dismantled (and later reassembled) by a specialist contractor, her major sections arrived here by road in May and June 2004. With a comprehensive new Concorde exhibition in the rear passenger cabin and a representative British Airways Concorde interior installed in the front cabin, Delta Golf opened to visitors in Summer 2006.

 

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G-BBDG in the colours of British Airways. This picture was taken from the original BA publicity shots for Concorde taken in 1975 during route proving.

Airbus Archive

The first UK production Concorde G-BBDG seen in flight during the late 1970's / early 1980's.

Airbus Archive

Delta Golf on display at at the 1976 SBAC Farnborough airshow.

Picture - BAC

G-BBDG during a 1970's integration test at Heathrow airport.

Maiden flight of
G-BBDG
Feb 13th 1974

Picture - Airbus

Delta-Golf with the RAF Red Arrows in the early 80s.

Picture - Arthur Gibson

After her final flight in 1981, Delta-Golf was kept under a care and maintenance programme at Filton, so that she would be fit to fly if required.

Ken Pettit

This picture of 202 in the Brabazon hangar was taken in April 1982. She could be prepared for flight in 14 days; sadly she was to never fly again.

Ken Pettit

At the end of the Concorde development programme, 202 was moved outside and stored. Now owned by BA, she was used as a source of parts.

Ken Pettit

This picture is from the June 1987 Filton families day and was shortly before 202 was moved into her own hangar in May 1988, where she would stay until 2001.

Ken Pettit

After nearly 20 years in storage this is Concorde 202 shortly before before being moved to Brooklands Museum. This picture was taken in Feb 2004. The central fuselage section of G-BBDG at Brooklands ahead of re-assembly