Sud-Aviation - British Aircraft Corporation Concorde 201
The first production airframe, registered as F-WTSB, first flew in 1973 (6th December).
She is one of the production series so from a technical point of view is almost identical to the commercial planes, but F-WTSB never belonged to an airline company. She contributed to certification by means of many demonstration and endurance flights.
She was also pushed to her limits; Mach 2.22 and an altitude of 23,000 m were reached during testing. Flight tests continued until 1985, the year of this aircraft’s last flight.
The cabin includes a workstation for the flight test engineer. The display allows him to monitor the aircraft’s systems and flight data whilst recording parameters during testing. As on all development aircraft, all orange wiring connects testing equipment.
The flight test engineer is responsible for planning the flight and analysing the data recorded. Concorde was the first civilian aircraft to use telemetry (the ability to transmit live data to a processing centre on the ground) during the test campaign. Half way along the aircraft is an 8-seat cabin for the technicians who accompanied Concorde on demonstration flights abroad. There is a space for storing spare parts and tools.
At the back of the plane, the 32-seat VIP cabin. The French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing used this aircraft. The seats were salvaged from Concorde 102 a preproduction aircraft.