Concorde Test Pilot Items Auctioned
Pilot logbooks and the historical archive of the Concorde as amassed by now deceased British test pilot Brian Trubshaw will be put up for auction next week. Trubshaw was the first to fly the supersonic passenger plane, Concorde 002, in Britain in 1969. He then flew six years of test flights in the jet before it was enlisted as a commercial transport. The former RAF pilot’s history includes flying Lancaster bombers at the end of World War II, and setting a standing record for fastest civil trans-Atlantic flight — Fairford to Maine in two hours 56 minutes. His collection of records spans his 30-year career, and includes photographs like the one he shared with Neil Armstrong, signed by Neil Armstrong.
Trubshaw was a national hero by the 1960s. He flew maiden test flights of the Valiant V-bomber, the Vanguard, VC-10, and BAC-111, along with the April 9, 1969, first flight of Concorde B-BSST 002. He died at the age of 77 in the year 2001. His wife is putting the collection of logbooks, medals, images — even Trubshaw’s Concorde flight case, hat and passport — up for auction as she downsizes her home. The archive is being sold by Dominic Winter Auctions of Cirencester, Glocestershire, on Nov. 7. According to the auction house, “There can’t be another set of logbooks post-war, 20th century, that are more important.” For more information, click here.