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Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th  
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

According to the UK media, BBC , Sky news etc.. July 9th is the date scheduled for the first Test flight of BA Concorde G-BOAF to an as yet unspecified RAF base.

BA refused to comment on the date apart from saying: "It will be in the very near future, but I would rather not say whether it will be this week, next week, this month or whenever."

Gordon

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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Great news.

I seen this too in today's papers and teletext.

One report said that they would be using Brize Norton as the test base. Another one to add to the list I suspect.

Now all I need to do is see if I can get the day off work.


User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

opps..I also meant to say that the Press Association were reporting it as well. They are generally regarded the UK most respected media organisation and trusted with reporting of Royal and State events. (Eg Official conformation of a Royal death etc..)

User currently offlineAir NZ From New Zealand, joined Jun 2001, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Thats great I reckon. It will be good when they get them back in the air. Does anyone know when Air France is getting theirs back into service, I know that they have done test flights, but actually flying passengers, also if BA will do it at the same time?

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13194 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

The tests AF have so far done have involved tests to determine the flow paths of leaking fuel around the engines, this took the form of high-speed taxi runs using coloured liquid to simulate fuel, these were carried out in January.
In May, AF carried out taxi and flight tests of the new tyres.
The BA tests on OAF will be to validate the fuel tank liners. Not to belittle the vital AF tests, but OAF's tests are the big one. Success is vital if the C of A is to be returned soon.
Air France are working on the fuel tank liner mods, they started several months after BA and will benefit from the experience gained on OAF. But it is not certain what timetable AF are working to, at this early stage of the mods it would not be sensible of them to commit themselves.
BA's OAE is having the mods done, and OAG will follow soon.



User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

I'll be at Heathrow that day!!Anyone else going to be there?Alex

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

 Sad  Sad  Sad  Sad  Sad

Oh dear

I suppose it was inevitable though. Enjoy your time there!



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

From what you said in your post to Air NZ I take it as written that your bosses are pretty confident that the mods will get the green light, otherwise you would not have started the expensive work on OAE?

It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday, (if anything) With the direction that the wind is blowing from. Will the CAA let Concorde take off on 09R with it's flight path out over London rather than the green fields on the flightpath of the 27's?

Good luck to everyone involved at BA and beyond with the tests

Gordon


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

Why are you so hostiley anti-BA??I couldn't give a shit less with who flies it because it's an amazing plane and is part of British aviational history.

User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1206 times:

"Will the CAA let Concorde take off on 09R with it's flight path out over London rather than the green fields on the flightpath of the 27's?"

A tad pessimistic Gordon!


User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

I don't see it as a problem but what is the feeling of public opinion that the CAA must also consider?

User currently offlineYfe From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Lets hope the bird will fly civil service again.

Greetings,
YFE


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

If it has to fly off from 09R it will probabarly turn West over Tescos in Duke Green.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13194 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

I'm going to sound like a parrot here but, don't do a special trip to LHR until you are sure that there will be a departure. That means if BA do announce it in advance, which may not be likely.
You know I wouldn't give out info unless I was sure it was appropriate, but even I cannot say for certain what day it will be, even if I chose to.
There is still much testing work to be done on the ground.
My advice is to wait for the first scheduled service, we'll know soon enough if there are to be any. If all goes well in testing, that does not mean that scheduled services are imminent, these mods are a big, complex job.
I can tell you that OAE is progressing very well.


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