• Concorde A New Age Begins 1976 John Lidiard Signed Limited Edition Print
Concorde A New Age Begins 1976 John Lidiard Signed Limited Edition Print
Stunning Limited Edition Print Concorde A New Era Begins  16  x 12 inch size. 
Commemorating the First Commercial Flight 24th January 1976
Only 250 issued signed by John Lidiard the Flight Engineer and only remaining  flight crew member.
 
He worked for BOAC / British Airways from 1954 to 1981. He was involved with the development of Concorde from 1965,  He was on the very first airline assessment flight in 1969 of the prototype French Concorde. John was the Flight Engineer on the first Commercial Supersonic Service, London – Bahrain – London in 1976.
 
Also signed by Artist Ivan Berryman
 
Taken from Concorde Original Painting acrylics on canvas A New Age Begins. Acrylics on canvas By Ivan Berryman Commemorating the First Commercial Flight 24/1/1976, which has its 40th ann in January 2016. 20 x 16 inch stunning image of the plane taking off. Ivan has tried to recreate the atmosphere, making sure that the iconic old control tower at Heathrow was included. Sadly, this too has now been demolished, so my painting is a record of how things were at the time.  From London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight on January 21, 1976. The London flight was headed to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and the Paris to Rio de Janeiro via Senegal in West Africa. At their cruising speeds, the innovative Concordes flew well over the sound barrier at 1,350 miles an hour, cutting air travel time by more than half. The flights were the culmination of a 12-year effort that pitted English and French engineers against their counterparts in the USSR. In 1962, 15 years after U.S. pilot Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier, Britain and France signed a treaty to develop the world's first supersonic passenger airline. The next year, President John F. Kennedy proposed a similar U.S. project. Meanwhile, in the USSR, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ordered his top aviation engineers to beat the West to the achievement. There were immense technical challenges in building a supersonic airliner. Engines would need to be twice as powerful as those built for normal jets, and the aircraft's frame would have to withstand immense pressure from shock waves and endure high temperatures caused by air friction. In the United States, Boeing tackled the supersonic project but soon ran into trouble with its swing-wing design. In England and France, however, early results were much more promising, and Khrushchev ordered Soviet intelligence to find out as much as possible about the Anglo-French prototypes. In 1965, the French arrested Sergei Pavlov, head of the Paris office of the Soviet airliner Aeroflot, for illegally obtaining classified information about France's supersonic project. Another high-level Soviet spy remained unknown, however, and continued to feed the Soviets information about the Concorde until his arrest in 1977. On December 31, 1968, just three months before the first scheduled flight of the Concorde prototype, the fruits of Soviet industrial espionage were revealed when the Soviet's TU-144 became the world's first supersonic airliner to fly. The aircraft looked so much like the Concorde that the Western press dubbed it "Konkordski." In 1969, the Concorde began its test flights. Two years later, the United States abandoned its supersonic program, citing budget and environmental concerns. It was now up to Western Europe to make supersonic airline service viable before the Soviets. Tests continued, and in 1973 the TU-144 came to the West to appear alongside the Concorde at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport. On June 3, in front of 200,000 spectators, the Concorde flew a flawless demonstration. Then it was the TU-144's turn. The aircraft made a successful 360-degree turn and then began a steep ascent. Abruptly, it leveled off and began a sharp descent. Some 1,500 feet above the ground, it broke up from overstress and came crashing into the ground, killing all six Soviet crew members and eight French civilians. Soviet and French investigators ruled that pilot error was the cause of the accident. However, in recent years, several of the Russian investigators have disclosed that a French Mirage intelligence aircraft was photographing the TU-144 from above during the flight. A French investigator confirmed that the Soviet pilot was not told that the Mirage was there, a breach of air regulations.

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Concorde A New Age Begins 1976 John Lidiard Signed Limited Edition Print

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