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Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 4:49 am

Why is it that BA Chief Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister took all the bows in the grand Concorde finale? I can understand that it is an honour to do the last flight. But there were several of these - most of them done by the same man. If anything, it will make boring history reading in the years to come when the same name shows up time after time. Wasn't flying the Concorde a team effort? Where is the rest of the team? Does anybody else think this was a show of selfishness?
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 4:51 am

Isn't the reason why the final flight into FZO was delayed a week so that Mike Bannister could fly all of the Concorde's too their final resting places?

Bit arrogant if you ask me...
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 5:41 am

Seems a bit so to me too, but I'll reserve judgement until we find out why he flew all of them.
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 5:58 am

Maybe it was cheaper for BA to keep only one crew qualified for the delivery flights. Perhaps all the other Concorde crewmembers either retired or are transitioning to other equipment. If this is the case, makes sense that the chief pilot retain that position until all aircraft are delivered to their final resting places.
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 5:58 am

Because of who he is. Besides if you were offered the opportunity to fly all of them wouldnt you?
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 6:59 am

Up to 4 weeks ago, there were at least 3 type rated and current crews. Probably even more. The Chief could not possibly be flying all the last remaining JFK flights himself while the other 2 crews (at least) were showing off Concorde for the last time in various UK and other airports. Besides, how bad could it have affected BA's other operations to keep a few more crews current for the well earned distinction of flying the last prestigious delivery sectors?
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 7:56 am

AFAIK there are now only 3 remaining Concorde pilots (and this has been the case since the MAN delivery flight)with 2 of them being management (/TRE?).
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RE: Supersonic Ego Trips

Sat Nov 22, 2003 8:07 am

Although Mike Bannister will be at the controls of Alpha Fox for the last ever Concorde takeoff, Captain Les Brodie will be landing and therefore becoming the last ever man to fly Concorde. He seems very camera shy so I don't know how well he will handle the publicity he will probably recieve.

I heard the last landing came down to a coin toss between Bannister and Brodie, though I've no idea if that's true.


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