201 - F-WTSB

F-WTSB - aircraft number 201
Current registrationF-WTSB
Manufacturer's Serial Number100 -001
Production Variant Number100
Maiden Flight6th December 1973 : Toulouse, France
Final Flight19th April 1985 : Chateauroux - Toulouse (Rudder PFCU test flight)
Registration historyFirst Registered as F-WTSB to Aerospatiale
Number Of Flights423
Supersonic Flights247
Total Block Hours909 hrs 52mins
Total Supersonic Hours Flown339 hrs 25mins
Current UseageOwned by Aerospatiale and on display outside their headquarters at Toulouse.

Notes

The Production test aircraft were again different in many ways necessitating re-covering certain areas to obtain certification and it was really these two aircraft (201 and 202) that did the bulk of the flying. However, even though called Production aircraft they never went into service as the final version was different yet again although in no way that would effect handling or performance certification.

The most important differences were structural. In all, therefore, there were six development aircraft, two Prototypes, two Pre-Production and two Production aircraft.

Info By Peter Baker, BAC Concorde Flight Test Pilot

In the late 1970's the brown "Presidential" leather seat interior was removed from Concorde 102, and put in the rear cabin of 201, where it remains to this day.

201 flew regularly until 1982, After this it is understood she was stored in near flight readness at Chateauroux. She was ferried back to Toulouse in 1985

The aircraft can be visted in Toulouse. The aircraft is well worth the vist, but unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures from inside the Airbus plant. Hopefully this will change when their new aviation museum opens with Concorde 209 on show alongside 201.