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
. 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.