Product Code: L6C65100
The Isle of Man celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the inauguration of commercial supersonic travel by the amazing feat of engineering that is Concorde.
On the 24th of May 1976, Concorde left London for Washington D.C. It was the first supersonic commercial flight across the Atlantic Ocean, and it marked a milestone in aviation history. 30 years later and with Concorde retired from service, the Isle of Man commemorates this first flight with a 30th Anniversary collector's coin. The Proof Sterling Silver coin depicts Concorde above Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London and the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Due to the special nature of this anniversary, the IOM coin is also available in a stunning coloured edition with Concorde displayed in its original vibrant colours.
2006 – The year that this coin is struck is also the fiftieth anniversary of the commencement of research into supersonic travel and the twentieth anniversary of the first round the world flight by a British Airways Concorde which covered 28,238 miles in 29 hours and 59 minutes.
Since 1976 British Airways' Concordes operated close to 50,000 flights, clocked up more than 140,000 flying hours and travelled some 140 million miles until on the 10th April 2003 British Airways announced that it's Concorde fleet was to retire that October.
A final week of farewell flights saw Concorde visiting Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Each day the aircraft made a return flight out and back into Heathrow to the cities concerned, often overflying those cities at low altitude with over 650 competition winners and 350 special guests as it’s final passengers.
On the evening of October 23, 2003, the Queen consented to the illumination of Windsor Castle, as Concorde's last ever west-bound commercial flight departed London, and flew overhead. This is an honour normally restricted to major state events and visiting dignitaries.
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|Metal||Coloured Proof Sterling Silver|
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