The huge Anglo-French Concorde airliner made its official world debut today (Monday) when it was wheeled from its hangar at the Sud Aviation at Toulouse.
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Background: The huge Anglo-French Concorde airliner made its official world debut today (Monday) when it was wheeled from its hangar at the Sud Aviation at Toulouse.
The ribbon across the hangar doorway was cut jointly by the British Minister of Technology, Mr. Anthony Wedgwood Benn and the French Transport Minister, M. Jean Chamant.
The aircraft wheeled into public view today was the prototype 001 which is expected to fly at the end of February next year. Concorde aircraft are scheduled to go into regular service in 1971, and the joint builders, the British Aircraft Corporation and Sud Aviation hope to sell 300 of them in the next five years. Sixteen international airlines have already ordered Concordes.
The French Transport Minister said the Concorde was a symbol of the new cooperation between Britain and France. The aircraft, he said, was three years in development ahead of the American and Russian supersonic aircraft.
The Concorde will fly from London to New York in three and a half hours, and speeds approaching 1,400 miles an hour (2,240 k.m. p.h.).
During the next ten weeks engineers and technicians will re-examine every part of the 001 to ensure it is absolutely prepared for its maiden flight.