The story behind Concorde 101
Concorde was the world’s only successful supersonic airliner. It cruised at more than twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04 (2,180 km/h or 1,354 mph at cruise altitude) with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic airliners to have flown commercially.
16th April 1969
First Registered as G-AXDN to UK Ministry of Technology
101 was rolled out at Filton, Bristol, for the start of ground testing.
Chief test pilot Brian Trubshaw with co-Pilot John Cochrane
17th December 1971
Maiden flight from Filton, Bristol to nearby RAF Fairford. The pilot was BAC’s chief test pilot Brian Trubshaw with co-pilot John Cochrane.
On January 21 1976 British Airways and Air France Concorde's simultaneously made the first commercial supersonic flights, using much of the technology developed and refined on Concorde 101.
World speed Record Holder
Concorde 101 was by far the fastest Concorde and holds the world speed record of 1,450 mph which it has held for almost 50 years and to date, and has NEVER been beaten !
Concorde 101 also holds the UK to USA record in just 2 hours and 56min, at an average speed of over 1,350 miles per hour, and at one stage held the record for the highest flight at 63,700 feet, that's just over 12 miles high.
Concorde 101 maiden flight in 1971
Between 1966 and 1979, a total of 20 Concorde's were built, 10 of these were built in Britain and 10 in France.
Just the British Airways Concorde made just under 50,000 flights and flew more than 2.5m passengers supersonically. With a take off speed of 220 knots (250mph) and a cruising speed of 1350mph – more than twice the speed of sound - a typical London to New York crossing would take a little less than three and a half hours as opposed to about eight hours for a subsonic flight.
In November 1986 a British Airways Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes.
Concorder 101 (G-AXDN) in flight
One of the most distinguishing features of Concorde was of course it's long nose cone which would drop on take off and landing.
It is 50 years in Dec of this year (2021) since Concorde made it's maiden flight, so what better way to celebrate than to OWN a piece of the Concorde history, but not just any history, rather " WORLD RECORD HISTORY" !
50 Years of Concorde 1971 - 2021 Congratulations to the 101
The STROND DC-3 timepiece made with history
So for watch enthusiasts & aviation lovers we are giving people the opportunity to wear a piece of history. Each watch will be made with a metal tag in the 4 hour position made from the under wing of the actual Concorde 101, with the plane identification number engraved onto the tag itself.
STROND have teamed up with the Duxford Aviation Society, (DAS) owners of Concorde 101 to produce this limited edition timepiece .
So now you can wear a little piece of this record making history on your wrist !
The very tag on your new SSC 101 is made from material taken from an air intake panel of Concorde 101