First flight of Concorde 002 - G-BSST
9th April 1969

BAC Picture

BAC Picture

BAC TEST Picture
The first flight of the British-assembled 002 took place on April 9, 1969. Around the airfield at Filton, Bristol, were the same big crowds and, once again, hundreds of newsmen there to tell the world about it. After taking off from Filton, 002, had to land at the RAF station at Fairford, Glos., 50 miles to the north-east, as the factory runway at Filton is less than 9,OOOft. Iong, too short for test flying of Concorde.

As with 001 there was much the same feeling of tension as the pre-flight preparations were made, and much the same emotion as the aircraft raced along the runway and soared into the air. Before the first flight tow high speed taxi runs, up to 120kts, had had to be abported because of a failure flag on the Captain's airspeed indicator at 100kts. As 002 was cleared for flight before each high speed taxi run, Brian Turbshaw decided that on the third high speed taxi, if the instument appeared to be OK, he would contiune into the air with Concorde 002 for the frst time. When it landed at Fairford, there were more congratulations, more interviews, more smiles.

Concorde 002's crew for that flight was chief test pilot for commercial aircraft BAC, Brian Trubshaw; copilot John Cochrane; and Brian Watts the engineer observer. After carrying out the specified test items G-BSST made its approach to RAF Fairford that had been equipped as the main Concorde flight test centre. With both radar altimeters failed, and the crew being 35 feet above the landing gear, Brian Trubshaw made an impeccable landing.

Two public occasions, two great days. They had come and gone, and among the flight development teams the feeling was: "We have achieved what the public had every right to expect from us - now we can get on with the job of proving the aeroplane."