From the Curator

2019 is an anniversary year in many ways.

It is 50 years since the first flights of Concorde.Concorde 001 made its first test flight from Toulouse on 2 March 1969, piloted by André Turcat. The first UK-built Concorde flew from Filton to RAF Fairford on 9 April 1969, piloted by Brian Trubshaw. 

25 years from the first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon. The first prototype of the finalised Eurofighter made its first flight on 27 March 1994. The aircraft's name, Typhoon, was adopted in September 1998.

25 years since the Boeing 777 first flew. Its first flight was on 12 June 1994 with test pilots John Cashman and Kenny Higgins.

Sadly Tornado has been withdrawn from service after 45 years The first Tornado prototype made its first flight on 14 August 1974 from Manching airbase.