Brooklands: Concorde ‘Delta Golf’

BAC/AEROSPATIALE CONCORDE G-BBDG ‘DELTA GOLF’ (1974)

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.

Brian Trubshaw (left) and John Cochrane preparing for prototype 002's maiden flight Image: Brooklands Museum

Brian Trubshaw (left) and John Cochrane preparing
for prototype 002’s maiden flight
Image: Brooklands Museum

Delta Golf’s first flight was made by Peter Baker and Brian Trubshaw on 13th February 1974 and its first flight at Mach 2 on 10th April 1974 during its 15th test flight. Following a series of proving flights, She became the first production Concorde to land at Heathrow on 6th July 1974. 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.

Its final flight was made from Filton on Christmas Eve 1981 piloted by Peter Baker and Roy Radford. It had flown for 1,282 hours over 633 flights. It was stored at Filton before being sold to British Airways in 1984, who used it as a source of spare parts for its Concorde fleet.

G-BBDG coming in to land Image: Brooklands Museum (click to enlarge)

G-BBDG coming in to land
Image: Brooklands Museum (click to enlarge)

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

Brooklands' Concorde Image: Brooklands Museum (click to enlarge)

Brooklands’ Concorde
Image: Brooklands Museum (click to enlarge)

See www.brooklandsconcorde.com.

Loaned by British Airways.

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