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Concorde cockpit, Fleet Air Arm museum

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The cockpit of Concorde 002 which is currently on display to the public at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset, March 8 2013. This was the first Concorde built in the UK and the second prototype of this Anglo-French aircraft. She was assembled in Britain and made her maiden flight from the British Aircraft Corporation's plant at Filton, Bristol on the 9th April 1969. The first French prototype Concorde 001 flew from Toulouse, France a month earlier on the 2nd March 1969. The main purpose of Concorde 002 was to act as a test and development aircraft for the fleet of 16 Concordes that were to be built for Air France and British Airways.

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