April marked 50 years since the first test flight of a British-made Concorde was completed - flying from Filton Airport to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, a journey taking just 22 minutes but changing the course of aviation history.
To celebrate the anniversary, Aerospace Bristol – the museum that is now home to the last Concorde ever to fly - and the Fleet Air Arm Museum – home to Concorde 002, which first took to the skies 50 years ago today – teamed up to organise a nostalgic journey across the West Country.
Image credit: Aerospace Bristol
Over 150 people visited Concorde Alpha Foxtrot at Aerospace Bristol, before boarding Bristol Buses and Cars and travelling to Yeovilton, where they visited Concorde 002. The two museums give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the world's most famous aircraft, from the people behind its initial forays to the edge of space and record-breaking speeds, to the experience for passengers and even the food served on-board.
Aerospace Bristol tells the story of Bristol’s aviation and engineering heritage – from the first powered flights through to the modern day – including how Bristol diversified into the automobile industry and produced the cars and buses that formed the cavalcade today.
The museum will be celebrating Concorde50 throughout the year, with special events taking place around its star attraction Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde ever to fly.