On 2 March 1969 the world’s first supersonic airliner took to the skies for the first time.
Concorde’s maiden flight went off without a hitch in Toulouse after 10 years of development by an Anglo-Francois team.
The first pilot, Andre Turcat, said: ‘The big bird flies pretty well.” Even going so far as to suggest that Concorde was “easy to fly.”
It took seven years from the initial lift-off before Concorde was put into commercial usage.
Watch original footage from the flight, alongside an interview with the pilot, in this British Pathé video, above.Reuse content