Concord or Concorde?

Concord or Concorde?
Cabinet minutes from meeting on building and naming Concorde (catalogue reference: CAB 129/111) View in the image library

One of the items under discussion was the name of the aircraft.

The Cabinet approved the project in principle and declared that the aircraft should be called the ‘Concord’ (English spelling – without the ‘e’).

Over the next few years a controversy raged over the spelling – there was a concern that, if the French spelling (Concorde) was adopted, the common assumption would be that the aircraft was primarily French in origin.

The argument continued until Tony Benn as Minister of Technology, resolved it in 1967, in favour of the Concorde spelling.

Image: Cabinet minutes from meeting on building and naming Concorde (catalogue reference: CAB 129/111). View in the image library