On 9th April 1969, Concorde 002 took off from Filton, with Brian Trubshaw, at the controls to make Britain’s first Concorde flight. That aircraft is now proudly displayed in the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Museum at Yeovilton whilst Aerospace Bristol displays Concorde Alpha Foxtrot which was the last to be built and the last to fly. Exactly 50 years after 002’s first flight, to the day, the Bristol Owners’ Heritage Trust will join Aerospace Bristol and RNAS Yeovilton with Bristol cars leading a unique and celebratory parade between the two venues, marking the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion.
The parade will also comprise a number of Bristol buses carrying 150 passengers. All owners of Bristol cars are invited to attend and the Trust is hoping to attract at least 25 cars. The event is receiving regular publicity now in the the Bristol press and is likely to attract National attention nearer the time, particularly the departure from Filton. Filton engineers are working feverishly to make the Concorde nose droop under power for this day.
In outline, the programme for Bristol car drivers and passengers will be:
0730 – 0845hrs. Bristol cars form up at Aerospace Bristol next to the Concorde Hanger (nearest post code: BS34 5BZ).
0830 – 0930hrs. Coffee and snacks under Concorde Alpha Foxtrot and opportunity to explore the aircraft and listen to talks by experts on aspects of the original flight.
0945 – 1000hrs. Bristol cars lead off the parade and head to Yeovilton (it is not intended to “parade” to Yeovilton and drivers can select their own route and pace).
1130 – 1230hrs. Bristol cars arrive at RNAS Yeovilton and park up for display. Buses will join the cars later.1300hrs. Light Concorde-themed lunch provided.
1330 – 1500hrs. Explore Concorde 002, and listen to talks from experts on the aircraft. Look around the rest of the Museum as you wish.
1530hrs. Bristol cars disperse – no need to return to Filton.
Buses return to Filton by 1730hrs.
The cost for Bristol car drivers and passengers is £25 per head. You must book through the event website where you will receive a temporary e-pass. On arrival at Aerospace Bristol you will be issued with a commemorative Concorde 50 ticket. Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch are included and your ticket will also give you free access for a year to the RNAS museum.
The event coordinator is Peter Campbell. When you have registered on the event website, please also email Peter to say you are coming. If you do intend to come, do try and get parked at Aerospace Bristol absolutely no later than 0845hrs otherwise you may not get to the parade start. Filton has other events running that day and we would both appreciate your timely cooperation.
Please mark your diaries and notify your interest in joining the procession as soon as possible to Peter Campbell