British Airways tests Concorde at Heathrow Airport

13 July 2001

British Airways conducted ground tests of a Concorde aircraft at Heathrow Airport, London on 4 July. The hour-long trial tested systems such as steering, braking and navigational computers as well as tyres as the aircraft made a full circuit of Heathrow. The aircraft used in the trial was the first of British Airways' seven Concorde jets to be fitted with new fuel tank liners made of rubber and Kevlar.

All Concorde aircraft have been grounded since the 25 July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde near Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. British Airways hopes to resume Concorde flights by late summer.

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