aagold
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G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:21 am

I just returned from JFK where I attempted to watch the last Concorde departure, "AG," on its way to BFI and the Museum of Flight. Weather was terrible with 400 foot overcast and fog. I missed her. She either took off and was in the clouds before me or she rolled past and I couldn't see past the buildings. I did hear her though and thats a sound you won't soon forget.

Before she departed she asked JFK Tower to record her wheels up time and send an e-mail to BA to confirm as they were trying for a speed record between JFK and BFI. The tower had a slight problem with that since they could not see any aircraft operations visually because of the low overcast and fog. So they agreed the Concorde would advise them by saying "airborne" when their wheels left the ground. BA requested the Canadian government to open a supersonic corridor for the flight and they complied. Wouldn't it be nice if her final flight was one for the record books ... good luck "AG" I hope you make it.

Art
 
lapa_saab340
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:55 am

Art
I was there as well, but decided to head up to a parking deck at the last minute since I didn't expect to see much from Cross Bay. I'll try to post the video someplace soon, but yes, it was nice to know they'd be making the trip supersonic over Canada!

My sentiments exactly when you say it was a sound that would be hard to forget...and I don't know if it was just me, but it sounded as if he kept the reheats on a little longer than usual!  Smile

Fernando
 
bigphilnyc
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:58 am

wWw, that's really cool.

AG, the one that was the last passenger flight, also the very last departure at JFK and one of two being kept in the US.

Even though you didnt get to see her, I hope you were hahppy you went. Hope my urging assisted as well.  Big grin

Just hearing her, knowing that it's the ast ever Concore departure is an amazing thing to "witness".
Phil Derner Jr.
 
lapa_saab340
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:01 am

Phil you got that right man.  Smile Btw, nice video from the last revenue flight. I have one shot from the park opposite to where you were, I will try to record that on the computer and give you guys the link.

Incidentally, my friend Mathieu was there was well and should be posting some pictures of the last ever departure from Kennedy as soon as he gets them developed!
 
mikephotos
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:12 am

also the very last departure at JFK

well, if this barge thing really happens that would be the last departure from JFK...just a bit slower than todays  Smile

Michael
 
LGA777
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:21 am

I got video as well today of taxi-out and a brief 10 second or so takeoff shot from the General Aviation Terminal. Yes it was very loud, as Fernando said I think he kept the afterburners on longer than usual, plus the fog and weather conditions magnified the sound, it was unforgettable ! I look forward to scenes from our fellow a.netters in the Pacific Northwest of her arrival, I know they are all in for a real treat and I am very happy the weather gods in SEA seem to be really co-operating.


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doug_or
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 7:33 am

Well its in Seattle now, just flew over my building east of seatac, so I assume its comiing in for a landing @BFI, alittle early. Hope everyone got ther eon time.
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ScarletHarlot
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:54 am

She made it! Record setting flight time!

She was beautiful.
But that was when I ruled the world
 
StevenUhl777
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:20 pm

Set it at 3:55:12 !!!

Came down from Canada, over Puget sound, over Elliott Bay and directly over BFI....then turned south, made a right turn to the west and flew parallel to SEA's runways...then turned to the north and northwest, and touched down on 31R.

I have some GREAT photos....I must have at least 90-100 of them to share. Normally, I would attempt to post them on this website, but have had absolutely no luck, as they're very picky and something is always wrong. My contact info. is current, contact me if you're interested in seeing some of what I have, including a close up of WA govenor Gary Locke!
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!
 
bigphilnyc
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:27 pm

Man, it left JFK in jsut about the worst weather with 100 foot ceiling and 1/4 mile visibility to a cloudless Seattle.

What a great day. Nice way to end the life of G-BOAG.
Phil Derner Jr.
 
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:57 pm

I was also at BFI to see this... perfect day for G-BOAG to enter history. Sunny, bright, and a perfect day all around, except for an errant towbar on arrival  Big grin
 
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RE: G-BOAG JFK To BFI Trying To Set Speed Record

Thu Nov 06, 2003 2:02 pm

We essentially have two posts on the same subject, so I am locking this one.