Concorde Captain Talks About Barrel Roll

There was a piece on the BBC Future website today titled “What Concorde was like to fly” ( – Note: you might not be able to view this page in the United Kingdom, talk to the BBC about it)  The article gave a link to a video on YouTube, in which Captain Brian Walpole talked about flying the Concorde and the occasion that he and a French test pilot rolled an empty Concorde.  There are some images of the beast but fortunately  (?!) none of the roll manoeuvre.

In the words of ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris – Nice.

I did see some footage years ago of the prototype Boeing 707 being rolled in 1955, and YouTube suggests in its related videos.  I also recall seeing Chuck Yeager rolling he Bell X-1 but that’s a different kettle of fish.

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