PRETTY & FAST
Influencing events & outcomes
A German-born British mathematician and aerodynamicist, in 1955 Weber shows that a thin delta wing with a high angle of attack could generate sufficient lift to provide the take-off and landing capability, while simultaneously enabling efficient supersonic performance.
Her work contributes to the design and eventual construction of the Concorde.
As minister of technology between 1966-70, Benn is responsible for the development of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner.
Benn blocks Treasury efforts to cancel the project because of spiralling costs and in 1967 restores the letter 'e' to the Concorde's name (which had been removed by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan after falling out with Charles de Gaulle).
Trubshaw flies the prototype British Concorde 002 on 9 April 1969 from Filton to its test base at RAF Fairford, stating afterwards that "It was wizard."
Weeks before he pilots the test flight of the French prototype (Concorde 001), commanded by André Turcat. Trubshaw and Turcat are awarded the Ivan C. Kincheloe Award in 1971, for their work on Concorde.
Scheduled British Airways Concorde flights begin on 21 January 1976 on the London–Bahrain routes, with these flights using the Speedbird Concorde call sign.
After initial U.S. resistance to the service is overturned, scheduled British Airways Concorde services from London to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport began on 22 November 1977.
Scheduled Air France Concorde flights begin on 21 January 1976, on the Paris–Rio de Janeiro (via Dakar) routes.
The Paris-Caracas route (via the Azores) begin on 10 April. Air France fly Concorde twice weekly to Mexico City's Benito Juárez International Airport (via Washington, DC, or New York City), from September 1978 to November 1982.
In 1977, British Airways and Singapore Airlines share a Concorde for flights between London and Singapore International Airport at Paya Lebar, via Bahrain.
The aircraft, Britsh Airways Concorde G-BOAD, is painted in Singapore Airlines livery on the port side and British Airways livery on the starboard side. The route is discontinued in 1980.
In this remake of Here Comes Mr Jordan, Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), dies and is supposed to board a plane for his trip to paradise. The final trip to Heaven would have been taken aboard a Concorde SST.
Made for the movie, the celestial aeroplane has the Concorde silhouette and is named "the Airplane Dream" by Pendleton.
In this fan favourite 1979 sci-fi Bond adventure, 007 arrives in Brazil on an Air France Concorde, even though James Bond is world-famous as a British secret agent (with a license to thrill, etc.).
Not that it matters much in the context of this box office smash movie, as the descent and landing in Rio de Janeiro is as glamorous as this Roger Moore era Bond movie requires.
A supersonic airborne disaster movie. To survive a flight headed for the Moscow Olympics, passengers of The Concorde: Airport '79's Concorde must endure various aerial acrobatics to dodge missiles and survive a device that decompresses the plane. The movie features the seventh Concorde built (which later crashes in Gonesse, France, in 2000).