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Photo/Video Report: Losing My Concorde Virginity  
User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 16313 times:

Losing my Concorde virginity with 250+ photos and 4 steamy videos (AA/BA BWI/DCA-JFK-LHR-PRG-LHR-JFK-BWI)

[Edited 2005-12-22 06:26:03]

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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 16139 times:

MOST enjoyable Mr Charles, most enjoyable!


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 16073 times:

A familiar looking handle and trip report there  Wink Welcome aboard!

Still one of the best Concorde trip reports I've read!



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 16011 times:

Hey Fraser, thanks so much for the warm welcome. Since when are you from the "United States"? Fly that Union Jack proudly!

I enjoy reading your trip reports, too, and also your website pictures.

P.S. How do I add you to the respected users list?

Have a great Christmas!

Charles


User currently offlineMichaelJP From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 15984 times:

Well Charles,

I must say thats one amazing Trip report! I never had the chance to remember my concorde experience  Sad
I still remember the days when I drove to LHR with my dad to watch Concorde take-off and land  Sad
My dad even though he'd flown on Concorde more than a few times was still like a school boy when he was flying to NYC on Concorde.
Its an aircraft I know I certainly wont forget and I'm sure you wont either.

Well...enough of the memories for now.

Great report I enjoyed it highly.

Mike


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 15917 times:

Extremely impressive, even just after a read through and a look at a couple of pics.
I'll need to allocate time for a full look, Christmas is coming so that should be easy.
Which I look forward to doing.

If you haven't already, this is well worth putting on the trip report section on www.concordesst.com forum.
Joining is free.

Always interesting to get a pax view, particularly an enthusiastic and knowledgeable one.
We in BA Concorde were enthusiasts too, the crews also loved doing charters where the enthusiasm went off the scale.
We referred to the machometer (good name), officially as PIDS (Pax Information Display System), but in reality, they were named for their makers, Marilake.

The lavs (dating from a 1988 refit), were to be replaced by something much better, with vacuum bowls (but only after difficulty in finding the space), as part of a comprehensive 2nd stage of the last planned cabin upgrade (authorized in 1999).

The 1st part, mostly the seats (£14000 for each double seat module, with all the equipment), was done for the re-launch.
However, apart from constraints in post Sept 11 spending (had that terrible event not happened, we'd still be flying probably), the new galleys were not lighter, but heavier than what they replaced (galleys in use dated from 1992/3 major upgrade).
Then the 2nd stage in any form, was simply overtaken by events in late 2002/early 2003.

I did not glean from my initial look, the dates of your flights.
If you are interested, I can tell you the full flight crews (post November 2002) as well as the loads.

I can totally relate to how you felt while flying Concorde, I might have seen it, been on it in the hangar, everyday at work, but it was always a thrill.
My TR's as not illustrated like yours, (though I photographed extensively the 2003 air test, used the camera movie mode as well for OAE's last ever flight, which don't appear in the TR's below), nor as well written as what you have put together.

In the order they happened;
BA Concorde, IAD-LHR In 1993 (by GDB May 25 2003 in Trip Reports)
Concorde Operational Evaluation Flifgt (by GDB Sep 15 2001 in Trip Reports)
BA Concorde To JFK....and Back (by GDB Sep 16 2002 in Trip Reports)
BA Concorde To JFK, BA178 Back In WTP (by GDB Nov 11 2002 in Trip Reports)
Probably The Last Ever Concorde Test Flight (by GDB Aug 12 2003 in Trip Reports)
Last Flight Of Concorde G-BOAE, LHR-BGI, Nov.17th (by GDB Nov 18 2003 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 15875 times:

Quoting CharlesMD (Reply 3):
Since when are you from the "United States"? Fly that Union Jack proudly!

I always considered it as a 'posting from' which country. While I'm not going to change it while I am on vacation as I'm here for more than a few weeks it made sense to swap over  Wink

Quoting CharlesMD (Reply 3):
P.S. How do I add you to the respected users list?

Click on 'Add to Respected Users list' above any of my posts....if you feel that way inclined.

BTW, you have an email I sent yesterday  Wink



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 15821 times:

Hey Charles and welcome to A.net. I'm fromYYZ_flyer over at FT. You must have seen me.


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User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 15769 times:

Hey, YYZ_Flyer! How many FTers are there here? I'm afraid I've been expelled from the Garden of Eden. Would you mind PM'ing a few kind words about me to Randy?

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months ago) and read 15751 times:

Another FTer over at A.net here as well. Always enjoyed reading your posts over in the TR forum there and on the AA forum.

Jeff


User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months ago) and read 15734 times:

Hey, DeltAirlines! What is your handle on FT? Could you please PM some kind words about me to Randy? I'm afraid I've been expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Happy Holidays!

Charles


User currently offlineDC10Forever From Brazil, joined Oct 2005, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 15565 times:

Great flight report. Congrats !

I remember a long time ago when I was a kid that Air France used to fly to Rio de Janeiro with its Concorde (with a quick stop at Dakar). Quite impressive the sound !



Better one flying than two grounded
User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15521 times:

Fantastic Report!

Brought back many memories of my concorde trip back in 2003.

Shameless plug of the report Big grin :

BGI-LHR On Concorde With Pics! (by Bhxforever Aug 1 2004 in Trip Reports)

Alex


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15484 times:
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Nice TR Charles. Can you explain what you mean exactly by being expelled for the Garden of Eden? For FT? For what reason?

since we are sharing, have a look at my TR as well. I was prompted to write it by some members here, and it culminated in making great new friends in London, and LA, a pair of those Concorde seats and a part on a Travel Channel documentary.

Have a look.

The Concorde Experience in Minute Detail



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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1894 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15358 times:

Incredible....speechless!!!

Hey, a question about Prague...did you try Absinth???

Cheers!



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 15340 times:

Dear Mirrodie,

Thanks so much for your kind comments. I was mainly posting trip reports on another travel website but then got suspended for questioning the way their moderators were acting. So several other members referred me to this website.

I have to say I am very impressed by the quality of the trip reports, and all the photographs. Right now I have over 10,000 photographs and will be sure to change them into trip reports.

Best wishes to all for the holidays-- I will be sure to print up and read your trip reports as I'm doing a lot of flying to visit family and friends!

Thanks so much!

Take care,
Charles


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 15232 times:

Fantastic report.

A very impressive read with great photo's. I almost didn't want the story to end and it's obvious you have a real passion for Concorde. One of the best reports (if not the best) I have read. A piece of history too.  Wink


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14914 times:
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just got back from Prague last week. The absinthe is IMHO, a bit overrated. Nice novelty item and wanted here in the US, but really just a decent drink and overrated.


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User currently offlinePJS800 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 242 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14841 times:

Excellent trip report, Charles. I love all of these Concorde trip reports because they bring to me an experience I'd always dreamt of but will now never get to experience. But as much as I love them, I also hate them because they sadly make me remember that getting the chance to fly Concorde is sadly no longer a possibility. Thanks for the great report.

PJ


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14762 times:

I love jumping on bandwagons!

BA001 Concorde: LHR-JFK September 2002 (by Fbgdavidson Oct 14 2004 in Trip Reports)



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14082 times:

Thanks so much for the kind words. What is absinthe (??). GDB, I was wondering if you worked on Concorde? I was wondering what happened to all the flight attendants? Last week on BA the CSD told me they were reassigned to short-haul Europe. What a fall to go from working Concorde to EuroTraveler.

In any regards the cabin crew told me that there is a 3-year wait to get a position on international service and an even longer wait to work in F.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13995 times:

CharlesMD, I spent a largely happy and exciting period in the Engineering part of the Concorde operation from April 1997, to OAF's last flight to FZO in November 2003.

Cabin crew were from short haul, logical if you think of the journey times.
It had limited destinations, so we got, as in the case of flight crew, people who wanted to do it for being on the type.
Most crew were on the type for a period, but there was a small core of cabin crew who were long term veterans on the type.
Most of the crew on my last flight, OAE's retirement to BGI, were these senior ladies.

That Absinthe drink is a very strong (some would say hallucinogenic) brew, so potent it's not generally available in many places.


User currently offlineAfconcorde1 From France, joined Jan 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13900 times:

Charles,

Your trip report recalls me back to last spring when I boarded (the now grounded) G-BOAD (U.S.S. Intrepid). The only thing that kept me from thinking that I was only a visitor to a museum was the fact that there were many tourists coming on and off the aircraft within 10 seconds and I was being rushed. Other than that, I felt like I was in your shoes, exactly the way you have just described it.

I'll never forget touching those tangible walls of the entrance ways thinking that I would never get to touch them ever in my lifetime, I thought to myself, "This once did travel like a bullet shooting out of a rifle up on the edge of space."

I have seen Concorde take of too many times from JFK (both AF 500ft. above my head and it was loud as hell and BA, like a white sword cutting through the sky with a sharp ear splitting sound), I have flown Concorde flight simulators many times, but nothing comes to describe what you have written, especially by others.

My hats off to you.

Jeremy - AFConcorde1



Je pense, donc je vole Concorde!
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13234 times:

Great TR. I am really sorry you had a bad experience in Prague. Its a great city, but you need to know that there are these theives. I would not say Prague is dangerous at night, I go out a lot, always by foot, using the metro or tram and NEVER got robber, neither no one in my family or friends.
Maybe you just had a bad experience, maybe next time.
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11774 times:
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Very good report! The food looked pretty incredible!

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