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User currently offlineAirBuffalo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 138 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

For a stunt in the Live Aid concert of 1985 (charity concert held simultaneously in UK and US, with a few other venues), Phil Collins performed in both London and Philadelphia during the same concert by flying across the pond on the Concord.

My question ... did he take a regularly-scheduled Concorde flight or was it chartered?

The question comes down to: What the BA Concorde schedule in July, 1985?

Details:
1) His performance at Wembley Stadium was done by 1450Z (3:50pm British Summer time in London).
2) He was playing drums in Philly by 2339Z (7:39pm EDT Philly time).

Assume that he took a helicopter from Wembley to LHR and from JFK to Philadelphia.

9 hours seems like plenty of time to do it. An article even mentions: "on the flight, Phil bumped into Cher, who didn't know anything about the transatlantic events." That definately suggests that it was the scheduled flavor of flight.

For a bit more about the events, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liveaid

And ... as a challenge to the event's altruism, who paid for the $20k flight?  Smile

BS

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User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1351 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3207 times:

Quoting AirBuffalo (Thread starter):
My question ... did he take a regularly-scheduled Concorde flight or was it chartered?

Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

[Edited 2006-12-09 07:57:43]

User currently online4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3040 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Quoting AirBuffalo (Thread starter):
Assume that he took a helicopter from Wembley to LHR and from JFK to Philadelphia.



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 1):
Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

He what?

I'm pretty sure he took a scheduled flight.



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User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Back then, there was 2 concorde flights a day.
He would have taken BA 003 : dep LHR 19:30 arrive JFK at 18:25 loads of time to get to Philly.
If I recall correctly... the flight was also running late on the day.



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User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1351 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Quoting 4holer (Reply 2):
Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

He what?

I'm pretty sure he took a scheduled flight.

And you're right. I was wrong! I thought I recalled him chartering the Concorde and flying directly to PHL, but I guess I am mistaken! My apologies!


User currently offlineAirBuffalo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Very interesting. Thanks. I couldn't imagine that they chartered it ... tough to justify the few hundred thousand pounds for a "charity" stunt!

User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

In those days the schedule was BA195 it was changed to BA3 (i think) about a year later.

The Live Aid DVD has some footage and you can hear them call "Speedbird Concorde 195"


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