Important dates in 101's History

  • 20/09/1971
    101 rolled out at Filton for start of ground testing
  • 17/12/1971
    Maiden flight from Filton to Fairford with Brain Trubshaw as Pilot and John Cochrane as Co-Pilot
  • 12/02/1972
    First supersonic flight. Supersonic flight was limited to Mach 1.5, as only fixed engine air intakes had been fitted due to the late decision being made to upgrade the control equipment to a digital system from the prototype's analogue one.
  • 10/08/1972
    Returned to Filton for modification programme; including the fitting of new digitally controlled variable-geometry engine air intakes in place of the fixed one which had been used up till then. New Olympus 593 Mk 602 production standard engines were added along with new wing leading edges that improved aerodynamic performance.
  • 15/03/1973
    Flew back to Fairford to re-commence the flight test programme
  • 08/01/1974
    Flew to Tangier for engine intake performance trails, returning to Fairford 5 days later.
  • 26/03/1974
    Further intake trials at Tangier following modification to intake control systems. During these tests the aircraft reached the highest speed ever reached by a Concorde of Mach2.23 (1,480MPH) at a then record height of 63,700ft. This record was surpassed when another Concorde flew to 68,000ft.
  • 06/1974
    Flew to French Concorde test centre at Toulouse to take part in taxi-ing trials in special water troughs. These tests were to try or various types of water deflectors that would be fitted to the production aircraft to prevent water from a wet runway surface being thrown up into the engine air intakes.
  • 09/1974
    Participated in the 1974 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, flying there each day from Fairford to open the flying display.
  • 07/11/1974
    Flew from Fairford to Bangor, Maine, USA, in a record time of 2hrs 56 mins, this was the fastest ever East-west crossing of the North Atlantic, by a commercial airliner. 101 was on-route to Moses Lake in Washington State, for trails to proves the efficiency of Concorde's de-icing system. The aircraft had been fitted with a miniature closed circuit TV system which included camera that was fitted to the outside of the fuselage and a monitoring station in the rear cabin. The flight from Bangor to Moses took 4hrs 43mins, which was another record, this time for the fastest East-West crossing of the USA.
  • 11/12/1974
    Returned from Moses to Bangor in another record time of 3hrs 50 mins
  • 13/12/1974
    The aircraft arrived back at Fairford from Bangor in the exact same time that it took to fly the outward leg.
  • 26/02/1975
    G-AXDN visits Nairobi, via Cairo, for tropical icing trials.
  • 12/03/1975
    Returned to Fairford from the tropical tests
  • 15/05/1975
    Test and development flying completed on 101, aircraft stored at Fairford.
  • 21/01/1977
    101 flown back to Filton for storage on closure of the Fairford test centre
  • 08/1977
    Aircraft readied for final flights to facilitate delivery to Duxford. An engine had to be borrowed to make the aircraft airworthy
  • 18/08/1977
    Tests at Filton, which itself had a short runway, to check that the aircraft could safely be landed and brought to a halt on the 6,000ft runway at Duxford.
  • 20/08/1977
    Delivery flight from Filton to Duxford with Brain Trubshaw as Pilot and John Cochrane as Co-Pilot.
  • 03/1978
    Aircraft put on open public display at Duxford where the public were given the opportunity to walkthrough the aircraft.