From left, Test pilots Andre Turcat with Brian Trubshaw in front of a Concorde supersonic airliner in Bristol, England, Dec. 9, 1968.
Andre Turcat, the first pilot to fly Concorde, has died at age 94. The former test pilot died Jan. 4 at his home in Aix-En-Provence. Turcat was chief test pilot on the French side of the Concorde program and was at the controls for prototype’s first flight March 2, 1969, as well as the first time it went supersonic on Oct. 1, 1969. Airbus expressed its condolences and EASA described Turcat as “one of the greatest European airmen of the 20th Century.” According to ...
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