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Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:30 pm

1 year ago today, on 26th November 2003, Concorde G-BOAF operated the very last Concorde flight, LHR-FZO with a final supersonic routing round the Bay of Biscay before overflying Bristol and then landing at Filton. I was among the people at Filton to watch her land; it was a very moving occasion, particularly as the weather which had been awful all morning burst into brilliant sunlight as G-BOAF made her very final approach.

Since then, at least at LHR, it's been that little bit less exciting without Concorde flights  Sad.

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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:38 pm

Despite the Conc's numerous technical and economical issues, I believe it retired before its time. It was truly an aircraft that will have a special place in my heart.

I was watching the Discovery channel when the concord departed JFK for Europe. They showed spotters in tears as the Concorde melted into the sunset.

As I saw the concord blend into the evening sun, I felt butterflies in my stomach. Am I wrong to get this emotional when an aircraft flies its last? I think not.

May the concord rest in piece... it did well.

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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:05 pm

A legend in aviation history that will never be forgotten, RIP concorde.
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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:32 pm

The very last Concorde takeoff can be seen here... may she RIP  Crying


(if the link exceeds its bandwidth, visit www.AF001.com's video section, and download it there on your own time).
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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:07 pm

Eddington said in April 2003, that the retirement was being brought forward 18 months to 2 years early, that's in the post Sept 11th environment, which matched our own expectations.
However, with AF stopping in mid 2003, there was really no way we could go on for much longer, as BA would get hit for the full cost of supporting this tiny fleet of unique aircraft, hence this advance in the retirement date.

In the context of the pre Sept 11th environment, then the retirement in October 2003 was brought forward 3-4 years early, it is worth remembering that with the success of the 2000/2001 return to flight programme, culminating in the return of the C of A on 5th Sept 2001, we did expect to fly until 2006/7, however, you all know what happened six days after that.

I miss it terribly, life is less interesting, many of the long term Concorde veterans I worked with from April 1997 to November 2003, were rightly proud that BA had successfully operated this machine for so long, considering Concorde originally was expected to operate for 15-18 years, but after the D checks from 1988-95, it was found that without significant modification they could run until the early years of the 21st Century, depending on utilization.

It was a challenge, it was a thrill, best of all was experiencing this amazing aircraft in flight, I count myself lucky in this respect, let these TR's be my tribute;

First one, before I joined Concorde Engineering, IAD-LHR November 1993;

Pre return to service flight, a moment of our triumph on a day of world tragedy, 11th September 2001, LHR-LHR;

The best way to get to NY, with the best way to return, September 2002;

NY again, BA001 outbound, able to take some non BA friends due to a hotline offer, November 2002;

The last ever BA Concorde Engineering Test Flight, August 2003, LHR-LHR;

The last ever flight of G-BOAE, A/C 212, LHR-BGI, November 2003;

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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Fri Nov 26, 2004 9:49 pm

I miss Concorde a lot. I don't think there's anything wrong with feeling butterflies or sad at the thought of her passing. I sold my car to get a ride on the eighth to last-ever BA001 for god's sake (and worth every penny). Read all about it:

Interestingly (and conincidentally), I marked the first anniversary of my flight by going on the world's fastest train, the Maglev service that whisks you from Shanghai's Pudong airport to the city centre (well, somewhere in town anyway) in eight minutes, so there I was again, one year on, standing next to a digital speedometer having my picture taken. It was a mere 430kph this time, instead of Mach 2 at 56,500 feet. But a fitting way to mark the anniversary.
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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:24 am

I was at Filton to watch the final landing. There must have been over 5000 people who gathered on the perimeter fence. The crowd was so big the police had to close the 4 lane A38 road!
The final flight overflow Bristol before heading out to the Bay of Biscay. The return saw a very low flyby of Bristol (Clifton suspention bridge, Filton airfield) followed by a very long turn to the north of Bristol before the landing.
It was interesting to note that when the crowd dispersed, no one spoke! Everyone returned to their places of work or homes in a very somber mood.

Since then, the Concorde has be on display at Filton and tours have been available to the public. That was until a few weeks ago when and elderly gentleman slipped from the viewing platform / entrance steps. The Concorde has been closed to visitors until further notice.
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RE: Concorde: Anniversary Of Final Flight

Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:26 am

Has it been a year already? Time moves so fast these days....

RIP Concorde