Since January, the site has included a forum, which soon expanded to various sections covering Trip Reports, Viewing and Photography, memorabilia, as more people joined it as the retirement was announced.
A few months ago, a guy called Jetinder came on line, he was to put very mildly, passionate about Concorde and angry at it's retirement.
Most days, he made the long journey right across London by train, to photography Concorde take offs, and sometimes landings, while he still had the chance.
He quickly became a well known character at LHR, as well as expressing his love for Concorde, he gave good advice on photography.
As the crowds got bigger, many forum members got to know each other, it's become quite an atmosphere at LHR with this group.
Many had flown on Concorde, some splashed out when the retirement was announced, others were airline staff, making it a bit more affordable. The forum has a growing number of excellent reports, some linked from this site.
A few weeks ago, when it became clear that Jetinder could not raise the cash to fly on Concorde, he showed no self pity, only a renewed determination to take as many pics as possible, despite the long journey that entailed each time.
But some forum people started a fund to buy this most ardent Concorde fan a flight.
As well as pledges, some of Jetinder's pics were put on a disc to sell, several forum members, led by a BA guy called 'Sparky', helped organize things.
I certainly did not think it would come off, but by about a week ago it looked like the goal had been reached, one member (who like the rest, did not know any of the other forum members before) pledged a substantial amount.
Also, the BBC started to take an interest in the growing band of Concorde fans at LHR, so the other night the scene was set for a surprise, with a camera crew at the ready, (Gordon took pics too as can be seen on page 2 of this thread;
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 7707 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1361 times:
Aw jeez, that story made me cry. I've sold my car for a ride on the rocket next week, I can imagine what it means to this guy to get a ticket. Luckily I had a semi-decent car and since moving to London two months ago I haven't really used it so I could raise the big bucks for the ticket but there are millions of aviation fans who aren't that lucky, and for a dream to come true like this is really heartwarming. Well done to those who raised the money.
Shouldn't there be an Concorde-themed a.net meet-up at the Esso garage before she's gone forever?
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Wingman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined May 1999, 1837 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
That is really a phenomenal story. I bet that will be some of the best 200 mintes in aviation history and emotional as well for both the passengers and crew. I wonder what kind of reception and send-ff will be planned at JFK on the final landing and take-off of the Concorde. I'm sure LHR will be a complete madhouse. Wish I could be at either spot. Well, I guess there's always one last chance they'll divert to SFO