21 January 1976: The first scheduled supersonic passenger airliners, Air France’s Concorde F-BVFA, and British Airways’ Concorde G-BOAA, took off simultaneously at 11:40 a.m. F-BVFA departed Paris en route Rio de Janero, with a stop at Dakar, and G-BOAA departed London Heathrow en route Bahrain.
Air France Flight AF 085 was flown by Commandant de bord, Captain Pierre Jean Louis Chanoine-Martiel, with Captain Pierre Dudal, Chief Pilot, Concorde Division, as co-pilot; and Officier Mécanicien Navigant (Flight Engineer) André Blanc.
The British Airways’ flight, BA 300, using the call sign “Speedbird Concorde,” was crewed by Captain Norman Victor Todd, Captain Brian James Calvert and Flight Engineer John Lidiard. The British Aircraft Corporation’s Chief Test Pilot, Ernest Brian Trubshaw, C.B.E., M.V.O., was also aboard.
G-BOAA arrived on time at 15:20. F-BVFA, after a delay at Dakar, arrived at Rio de Janeiro at 19:00.
In 1977, the Royal Aero Club awarded its Britannia Trophy to Captain Todd for “the most meritorious performance in aviation during 1976.”
© 2019, Bryan R. Swopes
3 thoughts on “21 January 1976”
The article on the first ASAT launch has the wrong date. Should be 21 January 1984.
Thanks, Gary. I fixed it.
29 Jan 2022 : Hi from Brisbane Australia. I have an Air France commemorative postal cover cancelled at Mata-Utu, Wallis et Futuna, on 21 Jan 1976. Features special Wallis et Futuna postage stamp of the Concorde flight on the cover. Any idea where I can find out more about the Concorde’s visit to Wallis et Futuna ? The flight AF085 ( Paris-Dakar-Rio de Janeiro-Paris ) was listed by Air France as the 1st commercial flight Paris-Rio de Janeiro return. Kind regards Gerry.
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