PE352: CONCORDE AF Flight cover 20 Years Supersonic Service PARIS-NEW YORK 1997


No. PE352: Cover carried on board Concorde F.BVFB Air France on flight AF 002 “20th anniversary of the inauguration of the CONCORDE Paris-New York Supersonic Regular Service” 22 Nov. 1997 - Captain FOURNIER

- Mail posted from the European Parliament, Strasbourg (France) on 21.11.1997 with transit through Roissy / Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to be boarded on Concorde with arrival in New York (JFK).

- Postage France 3.80F "Council of Europe - Palais des Droits de l'Homme, Strasbourg" + supplement 0.60F by EMA Council of Europe franking machine (red) - Slogan Cancellation Strasbourg "Session of the European Parliament " 21.11.1997

- FLIGHT AUTHENTICATION STAMP (blue) "Concorde Air France CDG 20th anniversary flight - JFK 22.11.97"

- ROISSY CDG Airport transit stamp "20th anniversary Concorde Air France Paris - New York" NOV 22, 1997

Collector's edition - 500 numbered copies issued - RARE

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November 22, 1977-1997

20 years ago, the two Concorde Air France and British Airways landed simultaneously at New York JFK, triumphantly inaugurating the regular supersonic route between Europe and the United States.

On February 4, 1976, the American government authorized test flights to Washington DC and New York, for 12 months at a rate of 3 flights per day for each airline (Air France and British Airways). But on March 25, 1976, the New York airport authorities decided not to accept the "Concorde" under pressure from local residents' and environmentalist associations. A trial then begins, which Concorde will win. On October 17, 1977, the Supreme Court ruled that the airport authority's decision was illegal. On November 22, 1977, two Air France and British Airways "Concorde" landed again at JFK airport in New York and on January 9, 1978, the supersonic finally received the certificate of airworthiness from the FAA.

Several aerophilatelic covers made the same journey aboard Concorde, 20 years apart, in commemoration of these first historic flights of November 22, 1977. Designed by Historiaphil© (Philately Kiosk of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France) Special aerophilatelic envelopes have been posted since the Strasbourg plenary session of the European Parliament. They were produced as a continuation of the collection of philatelic envelopes testifying since 1949 to the history of Europe and its institutions. Their edition is limited and numbered.

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