BAC Aerospatiale Concorde
1974, Aircraft Park, On long term display
Concorde G-BBDG (c/n 202) was the second production Concorde and the first British production aircraft. Construction began in early 1970 at Brooklands and Toulouse.
Delta Golf’s first flight was made by Peter Baker and Brian Trubshaw on 13th February 1974 and its first flight at Mach 2 was on 10th April 1974 during its 15th test flight. Following a series of proving flights, it became the first production Concorde to land at Heathrow on 6th July 1974. It was used for engineering tests, route proving, CAA certification, public relations and promotional work, and even flying in formation with the Red Arrows. ‘DG was also the first aircraft ever to carry 100 passengers in supersonic flight in 1974.After Concorde’s retirement was announced in early 2003, British Airways offered ‘DG to Brooklands Museum. Dismantled and transported by Air Salvage International (ASI), the Brooklands-built front and rear fuselage sections arrived on 5th May 2004 and the rest of the airframe followed on 5th June. A ‘Brooklands Concorde’ restoration appeal was then launched and an ASI team reassembled the main structure from March to December 2005. With considerable help from sponsors and many Museum volunteers, this aircraft was further restored, complete with a unique on-board exhibition, before officially opening to visitors on 26th July 2006.
On loan from British Airways