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Engineer's test flight memories
Richard with a Concorde picture

A Concorde engineer from Bristol says he was lucky to see the first British flight after taking a day off.

Richard Harris, a former Airbus engineer, told BBC Bristol: "My wife insisted that I had at least one day off over the Easter.

"We had the Tuesday off, went down to Lyme Regis, listened to every news report to make sure the airplane hadn't flown," he explained.

"We came back in on Wednesday morning and it flew!"

On 9 April, 1969 the prototype Concorde flew from Filton airfield near Bristol to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

He added: "Everybody was, obviously, extremely excited. And then from, it should have been Thursday... our whole lives moved to Fairford and then right through the whole flight test programme."


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