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Hundreds of classic vehicles drive through West Country to celebrate 50 years of Concorde 002

The min purpose of Concorde 002 was to act as a test aircraft Photo:

Today marks 50 years since Concorde 002 first took off from Filton Airfield in 1969.

The 22 minute flight to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire was flown by pilot Brian Trubshaw.

The main purpose of Concorde 002 was to act as a test aircraft for the fleet of 16 Concordes to be built for Air France and British Airways.

The 22 minute flight to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire was flown by pilot Brian Trubshaw

The flight was the end of seven years of extensive supersonic testing.

Her last flight was made to the Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton in July 1976, where she is preserved in one the Museum's four exhibition halls.

Today marks 50 years since Concorde 002 first took off from Filton Airfield in 1969
Concorde 002 took off from Filton Airfield

To celebrate the anniversary, over 150 passengers travelled from Aerospace Bristol to the Fleet Air Arm Museum in classic cars and busses.

The museum will be celebrating Concorde50 throughout the year Credit: Aerospace Bristol
over 150 passengers travelled from Aerospace Bristol to the Fleet Air Arm Museum

The museum will be celebrating Concorde50 throughout the year, with special events taking place around its star attraction Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde ever to fly.

  • 9th April: Meet Concorde pilot Captain Colin Morris
  • 13th April: The first public move of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot’s ‘droop nose’
  • 16th April: A talk on the life of a Concorde pilot, with Captain Tim Orchard
  • 20th April: Special tours to mark 40 years since Concorde Alpha Foxtrot’s maiden flight