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Brian Trubshaw – Concorde Test Pilot


Ernest Brian Trubshaw, know as Brain Trubshaw was the chief test pilot at BAC and became the first Brist man to fly Concorde in April 1969. He was born on 29th January 1924 and died on 25th March 2001. He first shot to public attention when he first flew the first British Concorde 002 on 9 April 1969 on a flight from Filton to its test base at RAF Fairford. He emerged from Concorde 002’s then futuristic cockpit with the words: “It was wizard – a cool, calm and collected operation.” Weeks earlier he had piloted an early test flight of the identical French prototype Concorde, 001, commanded by André Turcat. Trubshaw and Turcat were both awarded the prestigious Ivan C. Kincheloe Award in 1971, for their work on Concorde. He ended his career as divisional director and general manager of the Filton works of British Aerospace from 1980-1986. From 1986-1993 he was a member of the board of the Civil Aviation Authority, and worked as an aviation consultant. He authored books on aviation, notably Concorde: The Inside Story.

Mr Trubshaw's pilot's licence

Concorde 002's crew for that flight was chief test pilot for commercial aircraft BAC, Brian Trubshaw; copilot John Cochrane; and Brian Watts the engineer

Brian went on to test and show off Concorde around the world and in 1974 completed what is still the fastest civil trans-atlantic flight, travelling from Fairford to Maine in two hours and 56 minutes.

He was hugely popular and became friends with Prince Philip

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