FlexeBex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 852 times:
Recently I have been down to London, and whilst there I had to go and pick up my friends sister from Heathrow. She was delayed and I decided to pay a quick visit to the observation area on the top of Terminal 2. Wow! What can I say! I had an amazing three hours! It was beutiful. I even got to see Concorde landing...What a magnificant peice of engineering.She was beutiful and so graceful! Unfortunately, because I wasn't planning to watch the planes, I forgot my supa-zoom camera. It would have made a gorgeous photo! It really would! But has anyone noticed how small concorde actually is? I imagined it to be a really long, elegant aircraft. Of course it is elegant, but I didn't realise how small it was! It had to pass a Malaysian Airlines 747 and it was tiny in comparason! It was even quite small compared to a regular 767! Any one ever flown on concorde? It's one of my dreams.
N4KHGirl From United States of America, joined May 1999, 297 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 852 times:
my dad flew on pan am to london in 1985 on a 747 and he was parked right by the concorde.. he has this awesome pic of it! The concorde is extremely small, but it's wingspan is awesome. It may not have much range, but i think it's speed covers for that
GoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 852 times:
I flew the Concorde twice. One time with AF and once with BA. What an amaizing experience!!! You travel at an altitude that other commercial jets can not reach and the sky has an amaizing blue color. The take off in impressive with the aircraft accelerating gradually when you are airborne because of noise restrictions! I recommend everybody to take it once before they are retired in 2010. I know that it is expensive but airlines have these deals when you purchace a full fare business class ticket, your return is on the Concorde!! The service on board is very good and imagine a leather economy seat reclining as much as a classical business class seat and I think around 40 inch pitch....
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 853 times:
I have such a trip booked. I fly LHR-JFK on 15th September on Concorde, have 4 nights at the Sheraton, a bus tour, a boat tour, a helicopter tour, Phantom of the Opera and return economy in a BA 747-400... all for less than the cost of a single Concorde trip.
It is expensive but it's something I've always dreamed of and if I don't do it soon it'll be gone. I've given up on getting to the moon.
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 856 times:
I did something similar to David L above, three years ago. As an airline employee, I was able to obtain what's known as an ID75 on BA001 LHR-JFK. An ID75 is a standby ticket valued at 75% off the normal economy fare. Of course there is no such thing as economy on Concorde!
Being a standby passenger, I had no reservation, and no privilege over paying passengers. The day I wanted to travel, I was not able to get on the first two flights (they had one that departed at 10:30 AM and a second that departed at 5:30 [I think] PM). The day was so hot, they were WAT limited and could not take a full load of passengers. I tried again the next day after an expensive overnight at the LHR Hilton, and was successful. I sat at 8A, and thoroughly documented the entire flight.
As stated by all above, the flight was spectacular. I won't bore you all with the details here, but if you would like to hear all about everything about the flight, please e-mail me separately.
For those who may not get the chance to fly on Concorde, there is an EXCELLENT book called "The Concorde Story" by Christopher Orlebar, published by Osprey Aerospace. Its ISBN is 185532 6671. You will read about the development, flight testing, and day to day operation of one of the 20th centuries true masterpieces.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 855 times:
I'd also recommend Flying Concorde by Brian Calvert, ISBN 1-85310-027-7, if it's still in print. It's written by a BOAC/BA pilot who was in on the flight testing and flew Concorde for BA for several years.
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 854 times:
Indeed! Captain Calvert is mentionned in Orlebar's book.
Additionally, for anyone visiting the UK, if you would like to visit a most impressive exhibit, the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton (in Somerset I believe) has Concorde #2 on permanent display. It is in Air France colours, and is in its test-bed configuration. One is able to go inside as well as underneath, around, etc. There is also a torn down Snecma engine. The developmental aircraft designed to ascertain pilot handling abilities on large aircraft with a delta wing concept is in an adjacent display. A complete written and photographic exhibit accompanies both aircraft.
Concorde #1 in BOAC colours is in a museum just to the north of London (I believe it is an old RAF base..)
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 852 times:
It really depends on the airline you work for, and if they have an interline agreement with BA. At the time, mine did. I had to purchase the ticket in Toronto on my way over to the UK for my return flight. I had a letter of authorization issued me by my then employer which had been given to them by BA. When I showed the letter to the BA ticket counter at CYYZ, I gave them my Mastercard, they gave me the ticket!
The bad news: US$1500. One way. I got a bit of a break when they forgot to charge me in US$, so I paid C$. A difference of about 25% in 1996.
Re the museum north of London: Duxford rings a bell, but I'm still not sure. I'll try to find out for you.