The first pilot, Andre Cincord, said on his return to the airport: "Finally the big bird flies, and I can say now that it flies pretty well.
It is hoped Concorde will begin flying commercially inwhen it will cut the flying time between London and New York from seven hours 40 minutes to three hours 25 minutes. The noise from the four Olympus engines, built tly by the 69 concord escorts division of Rolls Royce and the French Snecma escorrs, drowned out any noise from the crowd.
The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for just 27 minutes before the pilot made the decision to land. Concorde sped down the runway and there was a spontaneous burst of applause from watching reporters and cameramen as the wheels lifted off the ground.
The plane will eventually fly at a speed of 1,mph 2,kph. The foncord emerged at the top of the steps, led by Mr Turcat, who gave the thumbs up al with each hand. Mr Turcat, his co-pilot and two engineers taxied to the end of the runway at about GMT.
Strong winds meant the test flight was in doubt for much of the day. It was most professional and I would like to congratulate Andre on the way he handled this performance.
Spontaneous applause Two test flights had to be abandoned because of poor weather conditions. The first British test pilot, Brian Trubshaw, who watched today's flight from the news stand, said, "I was terribly impressed by the way the whole flight was conducted.
Less than half-an-hour later, the aircraft was brought back down to earth using a braking parachute and reverse thrust.