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Concorde's Last Flight... My Pics From JFK

Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:42 pm

Sorry, but I'm not a very good photographer... but at least you get the idea.


The sunlight of a cold October day makes its first appearance at JFK.


The true enthusiasts are all up and ready, braving the cold at 6:20 AM.


More people show up.


An Atlas Air 747.


LOTS of people show up!!! Big grin


Beautiful sunrise!!


Speedbird 002 is cleared to go... one final time.


Climbing...


Turning...


Just overhead...


Splendid in the morning sun...


So long! You will forever be missed.  Sad



 
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:44 pm

Outstanding! Good job on deadline!
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:46 pm

Awesome pictures! It's not even on the ground yet!

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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:47 pm

Ah! The benefits of T-Mobile, SONY VAIO, & Intel Centrino Mobile Technology!  Big thumbs up
 
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:49 pm

Anyone have exact departure time?

Great to se these sooo quick ... Thanks!

Farewell to the Sexiest Lady in Aviation  Smile
 
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:49 pm

Great shots! Only wish those people would have picked up some of that trash while they were waiting.
 
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:50 pm

Departure was at 0734 local on my watch. As for the trash... its nothing new. People are pigs.  Angry
 
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:52 pm

GREAT photos and also enjoyed seeing the photos of all the people out there with you. Well done and THANKS
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Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:59 pm

I just saved your last picture as my desktop background at work. Excellent pictures.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:09 am

JAL777 Thanks for your efforts in showing us this beautiful lady on her final departure.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:18 am

Wow....this was great....thanks for sharing.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:19 am

Amazing pictures, and an excellent farewell to the most beautiful bird ever to have flown the skies.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:23 am

Not a good photographer?

Surely you jest...they gave me few chills.

I envy the lucky ones to be so close.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:26 am

JAL777,

thank you so much. your efforts are very much appreciated.

incidentally, what ship was this? Alpha Golf?
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:30 am

Thank you JAL 777. Those were some of the most beautiful pictures of the Concorde I've ever seen. Thanks for your contributions
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:30 am

Beautiful shots! Thanks for posting  Smile

Airxliban, yes that was OAG operating BA002.

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:31 am

JAL777: Excellent work. Combined with the CNN and MSNBC video of the 3 landings at LHR a short time ago, my day has been made!
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:34 am

Just watched it land live on TV.....a sad day indeed. However the pictures are awesome. One of the most beautiful aircraft ever built...
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:43 am

I also saw it land on TV just now. One of the most beautiful landings I've ever seen.....A sad day indeed, Rattibone................
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:44 am

See the CX 744 and the BA 772 with 'Hong kong' on it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:45 am

Great shots!!! you must have had an excellent zoom on that camera.

I too watched the 3 concordes land at LHR a short time ago on TV.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:46 am

It was wonderful being down there at Howard Beach watching her leave! I'm looking forward to having my pics developed. So long Concorde you'll be missed.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:53 am

Thanks for your work JAL!!!
I really appreciate it.
As far as now its the only thing I've able to see @ school

Sad day for everyone

Greetings form Mexico (once had a Concorde scheduled flight)  Crying

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:54 am

I was at JFK and saw the beautiful lady myself... I had to get up darned early to be at JFK before dawn but it was worth it!

My take on it was a little different than you guys. I got into the BA terminal (won't say how) and watched Concorde push back from the gate for the final time. I didn't get to go to the Concorde check-in area, obviously, and I didn't see any of the VIPs. They might have been on-board already by the time I got to T7 (about 6:30AM).

About 30-40 of us watched -AG push back and both pilot and co-pilot had flags waving from the cockpit windows - very poignant moment. Most of the people watching with me were either passengers and crew from a later BA flight, as well as assorted ramp personnel and a couple of journalists. There was a red, white and blue water cannon salute to Concorde and it was under its own power at about 7:10AM.

At this point, I ran to my car and intended to try and find a good spot to watch her takeoff. I figured 31L was the runway du jour but was unsure where to head to watch it takeoff. I ended up watching it from the top level of the parking garage near the JetBlue terminal. It was a nice spot (only a few fellow enthusiasts across the lot) but I did not get to see the actual rotation of Concorde. I did see her very shortly after liftoff though, as she entered into my line of sight roughly over Terminal 1. Beautiful morning. Beautiful aircraft.
Today is a historic and sad day but one we all knew would come sooner or later. I will miss the BA Concordes.

As for pictures, I admit to not getting many good ones. I was too busy running or videotaping! The inside of T7 was not a good spot to photograph the plane, sadly, as there was too much glare from the lights (it was barely light outside!). As it turns out, these pictures posted on this site are better than any I could have taken anyway - good job JAL777!  Smile

I wish I could have seen all 3 land in LHR - but I am glad I did my part and watched G-BOAG leave JFK for the last time ever.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:59 am

Anyone who missed it on TV in the UK or for those overseas you can watch a video of the three landings at LHR on the following link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3211053.stm

The first landing was the best - a gust of wind my a*se!

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:04 am

great job man!

so long girl,


greetings from Greece

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:16 am

Beautiful pics.

Thanks for sharing them.

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:24 am

It is a very sad moment to see the last concorde touch down at heathrow this afternoon. It seems like we have came to the end of an era of supersonic flights. It is very emotional to see such good aircraft ending up rather than improving. Hopefully we will be able to see similar aircrafts flying in the future.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 3:46 am

Thanks for the compliments.  Smile
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:06 am

Those pictures were beautiful, JAL777, just beautiful. Thank you so much for posting them.

I enjoyed seeing how many other people gathered for this event. Looks like there's alot of other concorde fans out there (take that NY Nimbys!). The dawn shots are beautiful as well as the sunrise pics.....the concorde flying overhead is the most emotional though. I still can't believe that today was the last flight.

I tried to stay up all night to watch the takeoff on the news....ended up falling asleep at about 4 am my time and by the time i woke up she'd already landed. Darn it....what a missed opportunity.  Sad


I guess they're all museum bound. Shame on BA and AF for refusing to sell. We could have at least had them a few more years.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:07 am

I feel that today we took a step back technologically.

First let me point what we all know as the obvious. That is, Concorde was expensive to develop, maintain, and fly. It was also noisy on take off and could only fly supersonically over sparsely inhabited areas.

If only that were the story; I'm going to get a little philosophical here, but please hear me out. Concorde first flew in a year that was full of optimism for the future - 1969. Man walked on the moon... civil rights were becoming a reality and computers were beginning to make a mark in the world of science. And in the space of twenty-five years, man had gone from WWII, when commercial flying was limited to small piston powered aircraft, to supersonic flight. Yes, Concorde's commercial debut was several years away, but hopefully you get my point about the optimism. The Concorde program was also a symbol of European ingenuity and pride, that more could be accomplished when two countries worked together rather than going at it alone. In many ways, Concorde was a precursor of Airbus and other ambitious Anglo-French projects, such as the Channel Tunnel.

It also helped that Concorde was such a good looking machine. Sleek, slender and sexy, it looked different than other airliner before or after (except the tragic Tu-144) and it was instantly recognizable whereever it went. Even today when I saw it in JFK, it looked great. It still looked futuristic, as if it was from a different time.

Fast forward to 2003 and here we are. Concorde's epitaph will read something like "Technological success; commercial disaster". With less than 20 built, including prototypes, it was well less than what BAC and Aerospatial envisioned. Thank the 1970s oil crises for that - was the program too far along when the oil crunch happened?

But as the last supersonic airliner of our age has landed for the last time, there is nothing on the horizon to succeed it. And there will be nothing for a long time because the lasting lesson from Concorde is that economics eventually rule. If there is a 'next' supersonic airliner, most agree that it will take a major breakthrough of technology to break the economic barrier that eventually thwarted Concorde.

We do not live in a hopeless time. Nobody could have predicted the internet in 1969, or that many people think of boarding an airliner today to be pretty much the same as boarding a bus - it is that routine.

I think a better epitaph for Concorde is simply: "Ahead of its time" (literally considering it landed before it arrived on westbound trans-Atlantic flights!). As is so often the case with things ahead of their time, they were not completely understood by all and were sometimes rough around the edges. I think this is true for my favourite all-time airliner... I only wish I got to sample it before it went away! R.I.P. Concorde: I'll be visiting you in the museum!
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:13 am

Fantastic pictures! It's a very sad day indeed  Sad

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:45 am

Fantastic pictures, I especially liked the turn right after takeoff.

One more thing,

Can someone from the Queens borough Presidents Office please get some kind of anti-liter program going, it's disgraceful.

Almost every day on the State Highways in New Jersey (Rt 80, rt 78, Rt 18, 287 etc) they have the NJ Corrections department liter patrol, they are out there every day and do a good job.

With all those people sitting on Rikers Island doing nothing but getting in trouble and wasting time at tax payers expense they should be paying society back, all the fit and able non violent offenders should be in those Orange Jump suits picking up garbage along the roads, parks , beaches etc and painting over the Grafiti!
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:01 am

Your pictures are awesome, thank you for taking the courtesy to go out there in the early hours and take photos on this historic day.


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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:19 am

JAL777,

Thank you !! Great pictures, watching the BBC coverage here in the UK the footage of BA002 taking off was poor - although great coverage as it came into land (shame about the idiot doing the commentating) - your pictures fill the missing gap in the coverage over here !!

Awesome shots of Concorde !!

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:23 am

Beautiful Pictures JAL777. It makes me teary eyed just looking at them and thinking that we'll never see Concorde in regular commercial service again. The bottom ones great especially.

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:25 am

Great pics!!

About an hour ago, I got back from LHR. The 3 concordes on finals were absolaloutly amazing!!! After they had landed, they all waited and taxied in one line to the maintanace area, where they recived a water cannon saulte! Hopefully Ill have a video up for you guys tomorow on my site, ill let you know once its up!

Cheers,

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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:35 am

Gr8 pics, and yes it was alpha golf. The Heathrow-Heathrow was alpha foxtrot and unsure bout edinburgh-heathrow,
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:59 am

Congratulations on all of your pictures. Especially the last two. They were outstanding!!
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:57 am

Fabulous!
Great pics!
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 8:54 am

Superb pictures.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:11 am


Can someone from the Queens borough Presidents Office please get some kind of anti-liter program going, it's disgraceful.


Yes it is... its absolutely disgusting... and no matter what time of the day, or the week you go there... it's the same thing. I think the problem lies partly that it is a national parks area and not the responsibility of the municipality.

***

Also want to give a big thanks to the dude with the scanner and the speakers out for all of us to hear to the ATC live. Thanks!  Smile

 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:25 am

It's so disappointing that the Concordes are no longer flying. I still remember seeing the Concorde when I flew LHR-JFK and JFK-STL. The British Airways Concordes in the current colors are great. The Concorde was more amazing in design to me than anything. May the Concorde return to aviation one day--until then, so long Concorde (R.I.P.). Beautiful pictures, just gorgeous and extremely representative of the Concorde's final flight, departing at early sunrise, like in the twilight of its career, which it was......
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:44 am

Thank you for the great PICS! It was sad that the NYC news showed people celebrating the fact that the flights have been put to an end. The power-brokers that rode the Concorde and lived in NYC most likely very indirectly gave jobs to the very people that were glad that SSC was gone! But, we are talking about NYC, no more comment
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:49 am

It's Howard Beach. A bunch of mobsters who buy $1million houses under the approach paths into Kennedy and then complain.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:19 am

Very good!  Big thumbs up

My camera was on the fritz (out of all times too....) so no pics coming from me. But thankfully I got the takeoff on tape so I didn't go empty handed. Big grin
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:30 am

Wish I could have been there  Sad......must have been somethin else
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:39 am

LOL...JAL 777. You described Howard Beach well.
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:46 pm

Great concorde pictures!! I wish I could have been there myself...The litter is about I would expect in New York though.
 
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:36 pm

I'm sure you have been reminded, but DON'T LOOSE THOSE PICTURES!!!!! They are indeed wonderful.

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