Concorde Prototypes In Production (1967)Rupa Haria
British and French aerospace industry officials were somewhat optimistic in 1967 when they projected a market for 350 Concordes by 1980. They did, however caution that the sales potential could be cut by as much as 40% if the sonic boom prohibited supersonic transport from flying over land.
The May 29, 1967 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology carried a series of photos from the Sud Aviation plant in Toulouse and the British Aircraft Corp. plant in Filton.
At the time the photos were taken, the structure of the first French-built Concorde prototype 001 was 90% complete, and scheduled to make its first flight on February 28, 1968.
The second prototype at Filton, 002, was also on schedule and expected to fly six months after the French prototype.
Here are the photos and captions as originally published in Aviation Week & Space Technology.