Concorde’s 40th first flight anniversary competition – And the winner is!

We’ve had a great response to our recent Concorde competition which recognised the 40th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight. Over 200 entries were counted, with plenty of you correctly identifying Panair do Brasil – the former Brazilian flag-carrier – as the airline which tried to lay claim to the first deliveries of the supersonic aircraft, based on a previous option for Sud Aviation Super Caravelles.

Congratulations to our five winners, who are listed below:

  • Csaba Bali
  • Lynsey Graham
  • David Sweet
  • Solange Thomas
  • Joanna Smith

They will each receive a copy of the newly-released book Concorde: A Photographic History by Jonathan Falconer – with special thanks to Haynes Publishing Group.

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As to that disputed Panair do Brasil claim, Flight International wrote in July 1963 that Sud Aviation was “cautiously contesting” its attempt to be first in the queue, arguing that Concorde was a very different aircraft from the Super Caravelle. Concorde never flew in Panair’s colours, of course, and the rest is well-documented history.

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