Join in Concorde’s 50th anniversary celebrations at Aerospace Bristol this April, writes Keri Beckingham
A key moment in Bristol’s aviation history is being marked at Aerospace Bristol in Filton this April, and you have an opportunity to be part of it!
Throughout 2019, the museum is marking 50 years since Concorde 001’s maiden flight, which took place from Toulouse on 2 March 1969. The first British flight of Concorde 002 took place from Filton on 9 April 1969, where the planes were both built and maintained, and a host of events are taking place this month to celebrate this incredible milestone.
On Tuesday 9 April there will be a ’meet and greet’ with Captain Colin Morris, who will share his memories of the incredible people he flew during his days as a Concorde Captain, including Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana. In addition, a cavalcade of up to 30 iconic Bristol cars and buses will also be travelling from Aerospace Bristol to visit Concorde 002 at its home in the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.
On Saturday 13 April there will also be the chance for visitors to witness two public showings of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot’s famous nose droop at 11am and 1pm, which has not been operated since its final flight on November 2003 – truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
In addition, on Tuesday 16 April there will also be the chance to hear some fascinating stories from Captain Tim Orchard, who was co-pilot for Concorde’s world record transatlantic flight from New York to London on 7 February 1996, which took just 2 hours and 52 minutes.
Entry to Aerospace Bristol costs £16.50 for adults, £14.50 for seniors and students, and £9.00 for children, and a ticket for a family of four costs £46. Children under the age of four go free. To find out more about the Concorde50 celebrations and to book tickets, visit the Aerospace Bristol website:
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