On the 2nd March 1969 Concorde made history by flying its first test flight from Toulouse, piloted by André Turcat. Concorde, the world’s first supersonic airliner would reach speeds of up to 1,350mph – more than twice as fast as conventional aircraft – and fly as high as 60,000 feet! An absolute titan of the aviation world.
The longest serving Concorde pilot was Jock Lowe, who said flying the aircraft was “like driving a sports car compared with a normal car”. Concorde famous for its speed and supersonic ‘boom’ attracted many celebrity passengers and regularly welcomed the likes of Joan Collins, Sir Paul McCartney and Diana, Princess of Wales!
In October 2003, Concorde retired its services with British Airways and Air France, blaming a downturn in passenger numbers and rising maintenance costs. Many people have commented that the aviation world has gone backwards since Concorde’s retirement as there have been no new supersonic jets launched.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of this iconic jet, a number of events are taking place across Britain. Here is a curated list by the Evening Standard.
My Icon Story is celebrating in a way that is truly iconic to us!
We are honoured to introduce a curated collection of specially designed artworks in collaboration with The Spirit of Concorde.
Our limited edition prints bring Concorde alive in a fresh, original and attractive fashion and feature icon outline designs of Concorde.
Spirit of Concorde Founders and creators of the film Ode to Concorde Chris Purcell and Paul Darter comment “We’re delighted to be partnering with My Icon Story. When we created the film Ode To Concorde it was to celebrate the design of an iconic aircraft and commemorate the people who made the experience of commercial supersonic flight so unique. It is great to see the Spirit of Concorde evoked through My Icon Story’s beautiful, distinctive designs.”
Laura, Founder of My Icon Story adds “I was 16 when Concorde retired its service so to have the opportunity to pay tribute to this truly iconic aircraft has been greatly inspiring and an absolute privilege. Crafting a collection of special anniversary prints for Spirit of Concorde has given us a fantastic platform to diversify our product offering whilst embedding what My Icon Story proudly stands for; visual storytelling through icons.”
See the full collection of Concorde prints here
- All limited edition prints £50
- A3 printed on 350gsm white silk
- Soft touch laminated
- Silver foil detail design