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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1776 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?

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Isn't the reason why the final flight into FZO was delayed a week so that Mike Bannister could fly all of the Concorde's too their final resting places?

Bit arrogant if you ask me...

User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Seems a bit so to me too, but I'll reserve judgement until we find out why he flew all of them.

User currently offlineBistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1644 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.

Measure to the millimeter, mark with a crayon, cut with an axe.
User currently offlineMoolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Because of who he is. Besides if you were offered the opportunity to fly all of them wouldnt you?

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1580 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?

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

AFAIK there are now only 3 remaining Concorde pilots (and this has been the case since the MAN delivery flight)with 2 of them being management (/TRE?).

User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1493 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.


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