Concorde in Fairford

 

RAF Fairford lies to the south of Fairford. It has the longest runway in Europe which has just been re-surfaced. It was originally built in the 1940s. Since then the Americans have leased it and it is sometimes a base for B52s which played a part in the Gulf War and in the action in Kosovo. It is also the European landing site for the space shuttle.

In the 1970s it was used for air-testing Concorde, the main test pilot being the late Brian Trubshaw who died in March 2001.

Concorde and Crew c.1972

3 Concordes at Fairford c.1971

Photographs kindly supplied by Syd and Ros Flatman. Click on the pictures for larger versions.

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