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F-WTSB (201) French Production - Test
Current registration - F-WTSB
Aircraft Number - 201
Production Variant - 100
Maiden Flight - 6th December 1973: Toulouse, France
Final Flight – 19th April 1985: Chateauroux – Toulouse (Rudder PFCU test flight)
First Registered as F-WTSB to Aerospatiale
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1973 – Dec 6th
Maiden flight from Toulouse. Although designated as a production aircraft
F-WTSB, and its British counterpart G-BDDG, never actually entered service. They were used to undertake the final phase of testing and certification before the actual production aircraft were built. Tasks included aircrew training, route proving, endurance testing and technical refinement as well as acting as a test bed for production techniques.
1975 – Jun 7th
Fly past at the Paris Air Show.
1975 – Jun 9th
Start of an endurance test programme that included flights to Keflavik, Shannon, Tangier and Dakar.
1982 – 1985
Stored at Chateauroux and kept in readiness as a reserve aircraft.
1985 – Apr 19th
Final flight; from Chateauroux to Toulouse.
1989 – Mar 2nd
Given a special paint scheme and put on display at an event at Toulouse to celebrate Concorde’s 20th anniversary.
Hours Flown - 909
Total Flights - 423
Landings - 423
Supersonic Flights - 247
The Production test aircraft were different in many ways necessitating re-covering certain areas to obtain certification and it was really these two aircraft (201 and 202) that did the bulk of the flying. However, even though called Production aircraft they never went into service as the final versions were different yet again.
The most important differences were structural. In all, therefore, there were six development aircraft, two Prototypes, two Pre-Production and two Production aircraft.
In the late 1970’s the brown “Presidential” leather seat interior was removed from Concorde 02, and put in the rear cabin of 201, where it remains to this day.
201 flew regularly until 1982, after this it is understood she was stored in near flight readiness at Chateauroux. She was ferried back to Toulouse in 1985
F-WTSB (201) Condition
We are informed this airframe is in reasonable condition, stored outside the Airbus HQ for many years, she will now form part of the Aeroscopia Centre in Toulouse along with F-BVFC
Although this Concorde was designated as a production aircraft F-WTSB, and its British counterpart G-BDDG, never actually entered service.