I've heard that rumor as well but can't confirm it for you, but if it puts on a display like the South African 747-400 did today you wont disappointed. Also the Red Arrows put on an absolutely spectacular display. It was a fantastic day and I've got the sunburn to prove it.
Hey I was there yesterday (24) as well and also go the sunburn!
SAA did put an absolutely stunning display, i's so amazing to see a 744 doing all those twist and turns! and the spiral climb to 8000ft... WOW!
Also I loved the A346 and A318 displays....and the ERJ190 and the Alenia C27J showing you how to stop a plane in no time... the red arrows did a good show too and the F16 and the F18 hornet!! (who said Concorde was noisy?)
well as you can see I enjoyed the whole thing! cant wait to go back in 2006 and see the A380!! oh boy oh boy!!!
Don't get your hopes up for an interesting display. It will do two flypasts, one at low speed, the other at 350kts...that's about it. We aren't known for making airshow appearances, and I would be very surprised if management have authorised the crew to do a full display. Either way, hopefully this is a start to some more interesting appearances in future!
Both the SAA and CX 744's were taking part because of the 100th anniversary of Rolls Royce, both being RR powered. RR paid the airlines to operate the flights IIRC. Also both airlines regularly day stop their a/c at LHR so no impact on any flight schedules would have occured as the a/c were not doing anything anyway.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
The aircraft did in fact just do two fly pasts and then headed off to Heathrow. Nothing spectacular, except the paint scheme
The harrier put on a great show. I'm not a big fan of milatary/fighter aircraft but the harrier was great! I loved the Hercules display too, where they turned it off the runway and the cars came out and drove past letting off yellow "smoke." Then reversed back onto the runway and took off. That was great!