I am not a fanatical fan of the Concorde but I did love to see and hear it fly in and out of JFK. The fact that it made a visit to a small airport in IL is great, not to mention how people came out to see it. I love this pic and the fact that great birds like the SST can make people come out too see it. The pic isn't the best quality but it drives home the point of why many of us love aviation. Look at that beauty! Imagine if the SST made a charter stop to ISP? or FRG? I am not sure if the runways there could handle it but I tell you this if it ever happened when the Concorde was around I bet we would have a few thousand people come out! Imagine that sound during takeoff?
FlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8930 times:
I just missed a chance to see the Concorde. Back in 2001 it was scheduled to come into CAE my home airport in september but then 11SEP01 happened. The chartered flight never was rescheduled and now it has stopped flying. I guess I will just have to settle for seeing it in a museum one day.
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Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 8408 times:
I missed a chance to see a Concorde charter flight at the local airport because I didn't want to use vacation time to leave work. The next day I read in the newspaper that the Concorde came back and made a low pass over the airport after it took off. I'll never forgive myself for missing that opportunity. I was such an idiot.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 8180 times:
Sorry to hear that guys. I was spotting the other day with my local friends and one pointed out that you should always grab the oppurtunity to see rare planes because you never know when they will be gone. He is so right!
Halophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 630 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7837 times:
I missed a golden opportunity not only to see it, but to fly in it, in 1994. We were in J on an overbooked flight IAD/LHR, and if we had volunteered our seats, we would have been on concorde the next day, plus they would have put us up in a hotel for the night. I was only 16, and naturally my mother...declined! Because we had a connecting flight to Venice the next day!! Oh, carpe diem!
Ruirui From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 19 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 7017 times:
I always ask for a window seat when flying in and out of LHR now...just to see the Concorde parked there. It makes me sad knowing it will not fly, but still gives me a thrill enjoying its beauty. And I regret not one penny of the money I spent on 9 fllights - three of them with my Mom. It was - for me - Simply the Best....
I also miss the evenings in the local pub in Horton drinking a beer and watching her leave for JFK. They were good times too. I miss the roar - even today
CaptainT38 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 6917 times:
I remember when one of the Concorde charters visited us here in Wichita, KS. I happended to be parked on top of an overpass that overlooks Runway 19R. It was a dreary day with ceilings running around 300-500ft overcast and to see this big wall of metal descend out of those clouds is something I will never forget!
Jasond From Australia, joined Jul 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 4590 times:
When my family moved from the UK to Australia I saw three concordes at Heathrow on the day we left. One BA, One AF and the other in the short-lived Singapore livery, all three next to other. It was a magic moment.
Eirjet From Ireland, joined Jul 2005, 330 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 4374 times:
When I was younger I used to spend the summer holidays down with my Granmother in Cork, It was amazing to hear the boom as the Concorde went overhead on another trip to the US. I will miss that greatly.
Aviation has a 100% record, we've never left one up there......
TPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 3750 times:
Got to see Concorde a couple of times at TPA..another newsie got to fly
(subsonic) from Tampa to Fort Myers. A BA Concorde passed over my home at about three thousand feet-just gorgeous!! Got on board an AF Concorde which brought a charter flight to TPA and interviewed the pilot. Also talked to an AF representative who said the replacement for Concorde was on the
drawing boards.....what happened??
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
I've never seen the Concorde fly.
It was one of the things I wanted to see and fly before I died. When it was grounded and I saw a commemorative video I almost shed into tears. I still have 80 years (I hope) of life left, I'm hoping some very rich person will buy one and fly it again as a private jet in that time frame.
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 2718 times:
Sorry about the quality of my Picture...(Concorde at Rockford) It was when I had first started using 35mm film and my camera was a piece of crap...
I actually shot this picture balancing on a light pole pedestal with another person. I held on with my left arm and shot it with my right. Fun eh?
Unfortunately that ended up being the ONLY Concorde that I ever saw in operation. I saw this same Concorde G-BOAB at Dulles at the gates one time a few years later taxiing by in a UAL 747 on my way back to ORD back in 1993. By then it has beem repainted in the Landor colours.
I just wish I had been able to see these wonderful planes on a regular basis...Im sorry but Museums are not where they should be....They should be flying!!!!!!
QuestAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 367 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
I had could have seen the BA Concorde twice at BOS. The first time, in 1999, it was going to carry golfers up here for some tournament but was delayed at JFK due to technical problems. The second time was when they were retiring it. BA flew G-BOAD into BOS and threw a party. I was invited to go but was later denied because they were serving alcohol there, so it was a 21+ event.
I've seen the Concorde at LHR and can say that, like FLY2HMO, it's one of the things I've wanted to fly on before I die.
'Do we carry rich people on our flights? Yes, I flew on one this morning and Iâ��m very rich.' - Michael O'Leary
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8359 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
When I was in school in the 70s Concorde used to come to JNB for hot and high trials, my high school was about 5 miles from JNB as the crow flies and one year during exams she was flying low and loud over the school every 20 minutes or so....wonderful noise!
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