LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
Why is it that BA Chief Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister took all the bows in the grand Concorde finale? I can understand that it is an honour to do the last flight. But there were several of these - most of them done by the same man. If anything, it will make boring history reading in the years to come when the same name shows up time after time. Wasn't flying the Concorde a team effort? Where is the rest of the team? Does anybody else think this was a show of selfishness?
Bistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1498 times:
Maybe it was cheaper for BA to keep only one crew qualified for the delivery flights. Perhaps all the other Concorde crewmembers either retired or are transitioning to other equipment. If this is the case, makes sense that the chief pilot retain that position until all aircraft are delivered to their final resting places.
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LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1434 times:
Up to 4 weeks ago, there were at least 3 type rated and current crews. Probably even more. The Chief could not possibly be flying all the last remaining JFK flights himself while the other 2 crews (at least) were showing off Concorde for the last time in various UK and other airports. Besides, how bad could it have affected BA's other operations to keep a few more crews current for the well earned distinction of flying the last prestigious delivery sectors?
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1347 times:
Although Mike Bannister will be at the controls of Alpha Fox for the last ever Concorde takeoff, Captain Les Brodie will be landing and therefore becoming the last ever man to fly Concorde. He seems very camera shy so I don't know how well he will handle the publicity he will probably recieve.
I heard the last landing came down to a coin toss between Bannister and Brodie, though I've no idea if that's true.