Concorde’s 40th first flight anniversary competition – win a photographic history book

UPDATED – This competition is now closed, check our latest post for the answers and the winning 5.

Today is the 40th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight and to celebrate we have 5 copies of the new book; Concorde: A Photographic History to give away.

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To win a copy, simply email your answer to this probing question:

Which airline cheekily claimed to be first in the order queue for Concorde by suggesting its earlier tentative options on Sud Aviation Super Caravelles should remain valid after the proposed supersonic jet became part of the Concorde project?

The closing date for this competition will be the 15th March and the 5 winners will be selected at random from the winning answers and contacted on the week beginning the 16th.

The momentous first flight of the Concorde was covered by Flight International at the time and can be found in our extensive online archives. There is also a piece in the “on this day” series by the BBC.


We have created a gallery for all you Concorde fans to upload your favourite images of the magnificent Concorde and an area for you to share your memories of this icon of 20th century design.

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13 Responses to Concorde’s 40th first flight anniversary competition – win a photographic history book

  1. mark nys 2 March, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    answer is BOAC

  2. Caroline Lee 4 March, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    A great british invention – I miss it.

  3. helen warrener 5 March, 2009 at 6:52 am #

    i am thrilled to see this competition as my uncle and auntie used to work for BA and they ran a competition to win tickets for the first flight of concorde and they won the prize they bought back lots of goodies that were given out on that first flight they were thrilled to win and really loved every minute of it

  4. Tom Keates 5 March, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Concorde competition

    Answer:Air France

  5. Zach Reichman 8 March, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    the Concorde contest answer is Pan Am

  6. Liz Blaney 9 March, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    I was lucky enough to fly on Concorde once, just before they phased out the service to Washington DC.
    We had a burst tyre while taxiing, and some debris cut through a fuel pipe or tank. Luckily we were at a very low speed so were taken off to wait in the very comfy lounge for a spare Conkcorde.
    When the Paris crash happened, it made me realise how lucky we had been.
    A British icon….

  7. Liz Blaney 9 March, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Sorry – my 10 year old likes to call it Conkcorde, and he edited my post then submitted it…. little monster :)

  8. John Kipp 10 March, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    The answer is:

    Air France


  9. Lona Jones 14 March, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Wish I could have flown in it.

  10. Ricardo Reis 17 March, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    so, what was the correct answer?

  11. Mike West 2 April, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    I was lucky enough to fly it three times – once as ballast when an apprentice at RR Filton and twice as a paying passenger. Well once I paid the extra and once I used all my BA miles and an upgrade voucher to fly on it. Magnificent.

  12. Richard Chatham 6 April, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    My romance with Concorde started in 1969 when the night before we were married, my wife and I were sitting in the garden and 01 and 02 circled overhead. We met Brian Trubshaw later and he signed his book to us personally “With Happy memories of Our Flypast” There is too much to say for this small space but suffice it to say, I flew in her twice taking my wife on the second occasion when we flew to New York on the 29th September 03 – just 4 weeks before the end. Les Brodie was Captain that day and I was at Bristol to see him bring 216 – the same plane we flew to New York into Filton for the last time. the first flight was a trip around the bay which my wife bought for me. Dave Gunton being Captain that day. I have my own private museum on The wonderful bird and I hope to be allowed to display it in a local museum before too long.

    The only plane that made the passengers smile on take off and landing. Total exhilaration.

  13. andrew mccann 23 August, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    hi i am trying to get in touch with Richard Chatham a fellow concorde fanatic i am a member of the captains club if you read this please get in touch my e mail is cheers drew.

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