The only supersonic airliner to have had a long operational career, the Concorde was built in only 20 examples... including 2 unique pre-series models.
Less known than the commercial version, the F-WTSS (001) was the first Concorde to fly on March 2, 1969 in Toulouse, after having made 397 flights lasting a total of 812 hours, of which 255 were spent at supersonic speed1. This aircraft holds the altitude record for a non-military aircraft (73,000 feet) set on March 16, 1973 with André Turcat at the controls.
When he got off the plane, André Turcat declared: "You see that the machine flies, and I can add that it flies well! [...] This first test [...] is not a completion but the beginning of a new work [...]. It will be months and years before we can announce that passengers can take a seat on board. "
André Turcat - "Concorde tests and battles, 30 years of dream"
Le cherche midi 2000, 2006
Concorde 001 is today preserved in the Concorde hall of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget since October 19, 1973 alongside the F-BTSD of Air France since June 14, 2003.