AAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 545 posts, RR: 51 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
I just returned from JFK where I attempted to watch the last Concorde departure, "AG," on its way to BFI and the Museum of Flight. Weather was terrible with 400 foot overcast and fog. I missed her. She either took off and was in the clouds before me or she rolled past and I couldn't see past the buildings. I did hear her though and thats a sound you won't soon forget.
Before she departed she asked JFK Tower to record her wheels up time and send an e-mail to BA to confirm as they were trying for a speed record between JFK and BFI. The tower had a slight problem with that since they could not see any aircraft operations visually because of the low overcast and fog. So they agreed the Concorde would advise them by saying "airborne" when their wheels left the ground. BA requested the Canadian government to open a supersonic corridor for the flight and they complied. Wouldn't it be nice if her final flight was one for the record books ... good luck "AG" I hope you make it.
Lapa_saab340 From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 389 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
I was there as well, but decided to head up to a parking deck at the last minute since I didn't expect to see much from Cross Bay. I'll try to post the video someplace soon, but yes, it was nice to know they'd be making the trip supersonic over Canada!
My sentiments exactly when you say it was a sound that would be hard to forget...and I don't know if it was just me, but it sounded as if he kept the reheats on a little longer than usual!
Lapa_saab340 From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 389 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
Phil you got that right man. Btw, nice video from the last revenue flight. I have one shot from the park opposite to where you were, I will try to record that on the computer and give you guys the link.
Incidentally, my friend Mathieu was there was well and should be posting some pictures of the last ever departure from Kennedy as soon as he gets them developed!
Lga777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1115 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
I got video as well today of taxi-out and a brief 10 second or so takeoff shot from the General Aviation Terminal. Yes it was very loud, as Fernando said I think he kept the afterburners on longer than usual, plus the fog and weather conditions magnified the sound, it was unforgettable ! I look forward to scenes from our fellow a.netters in the Pacific Northwest of her arrival, I know they are all in for a real treat and I am very happy the weather gods in SEA seem to be really co-operating.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Set it at 3:55:12 !!!
Came down from Canada, over Puget sound, over Elliott Bay and directly over BFI....then turned south, made a right turn to the west and flew parallel to SEA's runways...then turned to the north and northwest, and touched down on 31R.
I have some GREAT photos....I must have at least 90-100 of them to share. Normally, I would attempt to post them on this website, but have had absolutely no luck, as they're very picky and something is always wrong. My contact info. is current, contact me if you're interested in seeing some of what I have, including a close up of WA govenor Gary Locke!