TIMELINE-Concorde’s development and service

Feb 2 (BestGrowthStock) – The trial of U.S. carrier Continental
Airlines and five individuals begins on Tuesday over the 2000
crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.

The defendants, including the man who oversaw development of
the Franco-British supersonic airliner, will be charged with
involuntary manslaughter.
Following is a timeline on the Concorde.

March 2, 1969 – Concorde makes its maiden flight when the
French-built 001 prototype takes off from Toulouse, France.
British prototype 002 makes its maiden flight a month later.

Jan 21, 1976 – British Airways begins its first regular
Concorde service from London to Bahrain. Air France begins a
service from Paris to Rio de Janeiro.

May 24, 1976 – Concorde begins flights to Washington from
London and Paris.

Nov 22, 1977 – After two years of legal wrangling, Concorde
begins regular commercial flights to New York from London and

April 20, 1979 – The 16th and last production Concorde makes
its first flight.

Nov 1, 1980 – British Airways terminates its Concorde
service to Bahrain and Singapore due to lack of demand.

March 1985 – Concorde breaks the speed record from London to
Cape Town, covering the 6,000 miles in eight hours and eight
minutes, three hours faster than a Boeing 747 in 1977.

April 14, 1989 – British air safety officials order checks
on all the British Concorde fleet after one plane loses half its
rudder over the Tasman Sea but lands safely. It is the first
major incident in more than 20 years of flying.

March 21, 1992 – A BA Concorde loses a large section of its
upper rudder during a flight from London to New York.

Feb 7, 1996 – Concorde makes its fastest transatlantic
crossing in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds, beating its own
record set in 1990 by one minute 30 seconds.

July 24, 2000 – British Airways says it has detected cracks
in the wings of its seven Concordes, causing one plane to be
grounded, but says there is no danger to passengers.

July 25, 2000 – An Air France Concorde crashes just after
takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing all 109 on
board and four people on the ground.

Nov 7, 2001 – Concorde returns to service with transatlantic
flights resuming from London and Paris.

Nov 27, 2002 – Part of one of Concorde’s four rudders falls
off during a British Airways flight from London to New York. The
flight lands safely and no injury was caused.

Feb 19, 2003 – An Air France Concorde carrying 56 people to
New York from Paris makes emergency landing in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, after an engine malfunction.

Feb 26, 2003 – British Airways says reviewing possible
retirement of Concorde.

Oct 24, 2003 – British Airways runs its last commercial
flight when 100 celebrities, VIPs and reporters flew from New
York to London. Air France retired its fleet in May.

Nov. 26, 2003 – Concorde returns to Bristol on its very last
flight from London’s Heathrow.

Dec 14, 2004 – A judicial investigation into the 2000 crash
concludes that a piece of metal left on the runway from a
Continental flight caused one of the Air France Concorde’s tyres
to burst on takeoff and send debris into an engine.
March 12, 2008 – A French public prosecutor asks judges to
bring manslaughter charges against U.S. carrier Continental
Airlines over the 2000 crash of Concorde.

Feb. 2, 2010 – Continental and five individuals go on trial
facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.

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TIMELINE-Concorde’s development and service