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> 50 years : when Porsche met Concorde (1969-2019)
On April 9, 1969, the first British made Concorde began its maiden flight from Filton Airfield, Bristol, England. The airframe was a prototype that would go on to complete 438 flights, created to test an aircraft that would set new speed records at the time, peaking at 2179 km/h, and for which new materials and technologies had to be invented in order to make the ambitions of an Anglo-French group of engineers a reality. In the same month, the 917 was homologated as a Group 4 sports car. Created by a small team of bold, inventive engineers, the 917 took an enormous leap in its highly innovative aerodynamics, its compact yet enormously powerful 12-cylinder powertrain and adoption of materials previously exclusively the realm of aircraft to set a new benchmark. The first stop for the Porsche 917 was the Royal Navy Fleet Arm Museum at Yeovilton on the south coast of England, where the Concorde that made that first flight is now on display among an array of historic aircraft.
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