This Happened-March 2: The Concorde Takes Flight
March 02, 2023
The first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde was conducted on this day in 1969. The test took place at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.
Who piloted the first test flight of the Concorde?
The first test flight was piloted by French test pilot Andre Turcat and it lasted for 27 minutes. The Concorde reached an altitude of 10,000 feet and a maximum speed of 300 knots.
What was the purpose of the first test flight?
The purpose of the first test flight was to evaluate the handling and stability of the aircraft, as well as to test its systems and equipment. It was a critical milestone in the development of the Concorde, which went on to become one of the most iconic aircraft in history.