Monday, November 05, 2012

Brian George Watts 1928-1996

Brian George Watts was the Flight Engineer on the first flight of Concorde 002 G-BSST back in 1969.

Brian Watts was born in Bristol, England in 1928. He served as an Engineering Apprentice for the Bristol Aeroplane Company before being called up for his National Service with the RAF as a Pilot. He subsequently re-joining Bristol's, in the Flight Operations Department as a Flight Engineer / Communication's Pilot.

 He flew under Walter Gibb as Test Flight Engineer during the Britannia flight test programme. He became the Concorde project Flight Engineer and in 1969 flew with Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane on the first flight of Concorde 002 G-BSST from Filton, and later Concorde 01 G-AXDN. He continued Concorde test flying from Fairford until his retirement in 1978. He died in 1996 at Bristol.