A celebration of the later developmental years of the Anglo-French Concorde project, from the flight testing of the prototypes and the first production model proving flights through to the inaugural scheduled supersonic passenger flights. These official films are presented uncut, many are previously unseen and all provide an unrivalled insight into the aeronautical marvel of its time.
She Flies 1969 - 15 minutes
The definitive film account by celebrated director John Edwards of the first flights of both Concorde prototypes 001 and 002 as flown by Andre Turcat and Brian Trubshaw respectively. 001is seen taking off from Toulouse in March and 002 from Filton in April of 1969, the latter seen arriving at R.A.F. Filton, its next test bed. A dual-language film celebrating the Anglo-French collaboration that was Concorde.
First Flight of Concorde 001 1969 - 12 minutes
"I can say now it flies pretty well": Andre Turcat, Test Pilot at the Press Conference following the scenes of Concorde's first test flight from Toulouse.
First Flight 002 1969 - 7 minutes
Brian Trubshaw piloting the first 22-minute flight of Concorde 002 from Filton to R.A.F. Fairford, some five weeks after the first flight of 001 in France.
On to Mach Two 1971 - 14 minutes
The achievement of the prototypes to routinely reach Mach Two (1350 m.p.h.) and the start of the conveyance of passengers, albeit only airline representatives and government officials who sat in a limited seating area behind the 10 tons of on-board test and monitoring equipment.
Concorde - World Shrinker 1972 - 17 minutes
A retrospective of Concorde's 1972 Demonstration Flight World Tour traveling 46,000 miles and visiting 12 countries. Also gives an insight into the exhaustive ground testing at the R.A.E. Farnborough and Toulouse.
Concorde Gives Up Smoking 1973 - 6 minutes
A celebration of the 602 Olympus engine with its annular combustion chamber and the modified exhaust nozzles included from Concorde production model 02 onwards, which addressed the concerns of the very vocal detractors who argued that the very visible exhaust fumes could pollute the stratosphere.
Concorde - Faster Than the Sun 1973 - 5 minutes
An impressionistic celebration of Concorde taking-off, in-flight and landing in various destinations including Rio, Johannesburg, Beirut and Singapore.
Concorde Flight 1973 - 6 minutes
B.O.A.C. liveried Concorde model, fully passenger loaded, undergoes extensive cockpit pre-flight checks before taking off. A vision of a B.O.A.C. Concorde era which never came to pass!
Supersonic Preview 1975 - 10 minutes
Derek John, the then Commercial Director of Sales at B.A.C., celebrates Concorde and, in the context of its "proving flights", addresses some of the concerns of its detractors: the harmful effects of supersonic travel on the stratosphere, its climatic impact, airfield noise, exhaust pollution and the infamous "sonic boom".
Supersonic Inaugural 1976 - 5 minutes
Passengers' thoughts and eulogies on the occasion of the inaugural scheduled passenger flight from London Heathrow on 21 January, 1976.
BONUS FEATURE - London to Sydney Air Race 1969 with Concorde and Sheila Scott - 4 minutes
BONUS FEATURE - 8ft Wind Tunnel Testing at R.A.E. Bedford 1970 - 4 minutes
BONUS FEATURE - Illustrated Interview with John Edwards, Director Of "She Flies" - 10 minutes
Catalogue Number: 9971012
Picture: 1:33:1 / Colour
Time: 115 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL