Concorde 002 G-BSST (British Built Prototype)


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Concorde G-BSST

Current registration – G-BSST

Serial Number - 13520

Aircraft Number - 002

Production Variant Number - Prototype and

not covered by this Type Certificate, as it did not conform to that standard.

Assembly Location - BAC at Filton, Bristol– (later British Aerospace then BAe Systems)

Maiden Flight - 9th April 1969: Filton to Fairford, England. RAF Fairford was where it would be based for its development and testing programme until it was replaced by the first of the Pre-Production airframes. The pilot was BAC’s chief test pilot Brian Trubshaw, who made a faultless landing despite the aircraft’s altimeters failing to function. (1st flight of UK prototype Concorde)

Registration history –

6th May1968 First Registered as G-BSST to UK Ministry of Technology-registered as G-BSST to Ministry of Aviation Supply on 19th Feb 1971 Re-registered as G-BSST to the London Science Museum on 26th July 1976, after they purchase the aircraft for the nation.

Total Flights - 438

Final Flight – 1976 – Mar 4 – Delivered to its final resting place at Yeovilton air museum.

Hours Flown – 836

Landings – 438

Supersonic Flights – 196

Supersonic Hours - 173 Hrs 26 mins

Current Location - Preserved Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, England, on behalf of Science Museum

TO VISIT THIS CONCORDE IN ITS CURRENT LOCATION TODAY, CLICK ON THIS LINK

Aircraft History -

June 1969: Together with the French prototype, G-BSST visits the Paris Air Show to make its first public appearance.

September 1st 1970: G-BSST appears at the Farnborough Air Show.

September 13th 1970: The aircraft lands at Heathrow Airport for the first time.

November 12th 1970: G-BSST achieves Mach 2 for the first time.

January 6th 1971: The French prototype (F-WTSS) and the first Pre-production aircraft (G-AXDN), join G-BSST for a unique parade at RAF Fairford.

February 7th 1972: First flight since being fitted with the production type undercarriage.

April 22nd 1972: The aircraft’s first appearance in Germany is a visit to the Hanover Air Show.

June 2nd 1972: G-BSST departs from Fairford on a twelve country, 45,000 mile sales tour of the Far East and Australia, returning on 1 July.

September 4th 1972: A week at the Farnborough Air Show is coupled with promotional flights around the country designed to build public support.

January 22nd 1973: G-BSST leaves RAF Fairford for Johannesburg in order to complete a series of ‘hot and high’ performance trials.

July 9th 1973: Temperature and altitude trials start in Madrid.

March 4th 1976: Delivered to its final resting place at Yeovilton air museum.

TO VISIT THIS CONCORDE IN ITS CURRENT LOCATION TODAY, CLICK ON THIS LINK


Picture Gallery of Concorde 002

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Concorde 002 in the engine test bay, she was known as "Smoking Joe"


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