In the 1960s, while the commercial airline industry was still in its early years, the aviation business was making great technological strides in terms of aircraft speed and altitude, and the crushing impacts of the Arab oil embargo were still many years away.
The British and French governments collaborated forces to develop a jet transport for the future, that would be far more advanced than the sub-sonic airliners built by the Americans in the form of the Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 707. The goal was to produce a supersonic passenger jet transport capable of carrying 100 passengers in first class comfort across the Atlantic in just a few hours, versus the six or seven hours journey time by conventional jet airliner.
On the French side, Sud Aviation based at Blagnac airport in Toulouse was the selected contractor, while the British contractor in the joint development project was Filton-based British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Development commenced in the mid 1960s, with airframe and engine work carried out in unison on both sides of the channel. The Olympus engine was the chosen power-plant for the supersonic jet, which was called Concorde.
On Sunday, March 2, 1969, Concorde prototype 001 took to the skies for the first time from Blagnac airfield, Toulouse, an event which was documented by the worldwide media which made headlines around the world. The following month, on March 9, 1969, Concorde prototype 002 took to the skies for the first time from BAC's Filton location, under the command of British aviation test pilot Brian Trubshaw, an event which also celebrated and reported worldwide.
This 84 minute DVD features promotional films from the era which tell this amazing story, from initial concept, to design, engine test, passenger handling, first flights and flight test during the latter half of the 1960s. Although the film quality is not up to current day standards, the story of the Concorde is truly fascinating, as the aircraft was decades ahead of the competition and to this day, no commercial aircraft has beat the Concorde in terms of speed and productivity for the high yield and highly time sensitive business traveller.
Chapter 1) Introduction and Pre-Show
Chapter 2) Concorde flight: a pre-production simulation of the passenger experience on a long-haul Concorde flight.
( 5min colour)
Chapter 3) Concorde takes shape. A look at design and factory manufacture of the prototypes.
(10 min colour)
Chapter 4) Olympus engine report: The development and test of the engine that would power the Concorde.
(12 min colour)
Chapter 5) Concorde Debut 001 prototype with Blagnac roll-out ceremony
(20 min colour)
Chapter 6) Concorde first flight 001 maiden flight from Blagnac on Sunday March 2, 1969
(13 min colour)
Chapter 7) Concorde first flight 002 maiden flight from BAC's Bristol facility on April 6, 1969.
(7 min colour)
Chapter 8) Concordes 001 and 002 fly: a film that presents the first flights of both the prototype French-built and British-built Concordes.
(14 min colour)
Chapter 9) DVD Previews
Total running time: 90 minutes