GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3039 times:
The recent spate of threads about resurrecting Concorde, where I pointed out it aint going to happen, inevitably got me thinking and remembering.
I'd not looked much at the photo data base recently, but was reminded and in the case of newer added pics, pleasantly surprised, by the range of locations apart from LHR and JFK, that were featured, (not from BGI though!)
As well as the excellence of many of them as just good pictures anyway.
This reminded me of the happy times then, busy, challenging, but great.
That year saw the 2 BA (and 1 AF) Concorde chasing the eclipse on Aug 11th (good of the solar system to pick the month we were least busy operations wise!), in our case, we launched OAA and OAC.
In the April, our team in the Engineering Minor Maintenance unit (we also sent guys over the terminals to depart and meet the aircraft, being a unique type and all that), managed 118 LHR departures without a tech delay (we all got a mug marked to celebrate the occasion when we passed 100).
The year also marked 30 years since the 1st French, then 1st UK prototypes flew, we marked the UK one in the April with OAA going to Filton, doing round the bays from there, then a return flight to LHR.
It was also that month, 20 years since the last one made it's first flight,
1999 was also the year BA did the last full Round The World charter (80 wealthy Americans charted by Abercrombie), it was always planned to be the last BA full RTW, since BA wanted to reduce charters, preserving airframe life, but more immediately, we had the new interior, an aging aircraft, to consider, so best to focus on where 90% of revenue was, in the scheduled flights.
Enough rambling, here are what I think are excellent pics, but also chosen for jogging my memory!
MAN was always a frequent non scheduled destination, flights to and from, MAN 'round the bays', part of regular round UK charters, and BA Concorde did quite a few to YYZ, many of them went via MAN. We also did some MAN/JFK charters, so fitting that OAC is preserved now at MAN;
BOH was a late charter addition, starting after a runway extension in 1996, better yet, an ex BA guy there still had a valid Concorde license, saved us sending our own guys there to support the charter;
The large airshow at Fairford was visited, charters to/from, however, this was another we would have dropped anyway, the airshow people being too inflexible, (in other words, if we needed the aircraft elsewhere, they would not be cooperative);
Mhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3006 times:
Great photos, great memories. I'm gutted I never got to see a Concorde take off, except from afar. I'll always remember this day, thinking how this photo was one of the last of AC with it's engines running and systems operational
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2950 times:
Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1): I'm gutted I never got to see a Concorde take off, except from afar
I watched Concorde from the end of the runway at Filton, Bristol when it was doing trips around the Bay of Biscay. It went staight over my head and it was spectacular, the noise was deafening. Shame it's no longer!
RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2937 times:
Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1): Great photos, great memories. I'm gutted I never got to see a Concorde take off, except from afar. I'll always remember this day, thinking how this photo was one of the last of AC with it's engines running and systems operational Sad
And a month after that photo, I saw the last Concorde to fly land at Filton. Marvelous sight, but one I would have given anything not to have had to see
GDB you are a lucky lucky man, I envy you being so close to her.
Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24924 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
Fantastic GDB! Your contribution to these forums have been 100% terrific, especially with reagards to Concorde topics.
I hope the recent "Will Concorde fly again" threads will not stop you from posting to this site.
I for one appreciate the info that you provide about Concorde (I should also mention Bellepheron(sp?) and Gordon Roxburgh here also, as well as Lurch in the chat room).
Keep it up!
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!