Cover art for Concorde
History Press, April 2019
Softcover, 208 pages
26.3cm × 19.4cm

Concorde The Complete Inside Story

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The inside story of this world-famous supersonic passenger jet by the former British test pilot. When British Airways and Air France announced that Concorde was to be retired from service in October 2003, it signalled the end of nearly three decades of supersonic passenger flights.

Concorde had flown for years without a major incident. But in July 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed near Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four on the ground. By the time the modified aircraft went back into service in November 2001, both BA and Air France faced mounting problems, which spelled the end for Concorde. As the former British chief test pilot, Brian Trubshaw's close association with Concorde placed him in the unique position of being able to write the inside story of this world-famous supersonic passenger jet. He piloted the world's first (and only) supersonic passenger transport aircraft on its British maiden flight from Filton in 1969, and remained a key member of the Concorde programme after the aircraft entered airline service in 1976. Brian was closely involved in the exhaustive investigations into the 2000 tragedy. Heavily illustrated, this book covers the Paris crash, Concorde's brief return to service and its decommissioning in 2004. AUTHOR: Brian Trubshaw was the British chief test pilot of Concorde during its development phase. Widely regarded as one of Britain's most famous test pilots of the twentieth century, he remained closely associated with the aircraft until his death in 2001. SELLING POINTS: Paperback re-released in time for the 50th anniversary of Concorde's maiden flight in March 2019 With 200 photographs and illustrations, including 100 in colour Brian Trubshaw's own maiden flight closely followed this, on 9 April 1969, a moment he fondly remembered as the highlight of his aviation career With a new foreword by Brian's daughter Sally Edmondson 194 illustrations

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