BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde G-BBDG 'Delta Golf' (1974)Concorde G-BBDG was the second production Concorde and the first British production aircraft. Construction began in early 1970 at Brooklands and Toulouse.
Delta Golf's first flight was made by Peter Baker and Brian Trubshaw on 13th February 1974 and its first flight at Mach 2 on 10th April 1974 during its 15th test flight. Following a series of proving flights, she became the first production Concorde to land at Heathrow on 6th July 1974. Used for engineering tests, route proving, CAA certification, public relations and promotional work and even flying in formation with the Red Arrows, 'DG' was also the first aircraft ever to carry 100 people at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound, in 1974.
Her final flight was made from Filton on Christmas eve 1981 piloted by Peter Baker and Roy Bradford. She had flown for 1,282 hours over 633 flights. She was stored at Filton before being sold in 1984 to British Airways, who used her as a source of spare parts for its Concorde fleet.
After Concorde's retirement was announced in early 2003, British Airways offered 'DG' to Brooklands Museum. Dismantled and transported by Air Salvage International (ASI), the Brooklands-built front and rear fuselage sections arrived on 6th May 2004 and the rest of the airframe
followed on 5th June. A 'Brooklands Concorde' restoration appeal was then launched and an ASI team assembled the main structure from March to December 2005. With considerable help from sponsors and Museum volunteers, this aircraft was further restored, complete with a unique on-board exhibition, before officially opening to visitors on 26th July 2006. For further details of the aircraft and Concorde collection see www.brooklandsconcorde.com.
Engine Type: Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593
Max Speed: Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph, 2,179 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,300 m)
Weight: 173,500 lb (78,700 kg)
Capacity: 100 passengers
Max Range: 3,900 nmi (4,500 mi, 7,250 km)
Flight Crew: 3 (2 Pilots and a flight engineer)