used many parts from F-BVFD
to bring OAG back, G-BBDG
provided some support, after that DG
was the main spares source.
OAG's time in storage (it had a rash of technical problems, was stored in 1981/2 period), included much robbing of parts, which in many cases had not been recorded, so putting it back in service was protracted to say the least.
But worth it, as OAG had the first of BA
Concorde's major cabin refurbishing, including seat, decor, lavs and the 'Marilake' LCD cabin displays, replacing the Mach info only LEDs.
It also was the first Concorde in the all white version of the Landor livery, which in it's standard (and for me, insipid and dull grey form), had become the BA
livery in late 1984, but on Concorde, without the grey it looked great, my favorite of all the Concorde liveries.
With 7 aircraft (usually allowing for one in heavy maintenance), BA
now expanded things, had full control (and all the costs too), and had hugely revamped marketing.
Charters followed thick and fast, including round the world ones and many other imaginative flights, though charters would only, at best, provide 9% of revenue. Damn good PR
With double daily JFK
's well established, the thrice weekly IAD
's were less popular, so from April 84 BA
extended the IAD
down to MIA
, (a supersonic service, unlike the BN
's in 1979/80), BGI
later joined the schedules too.
For years, we in BA
Concorde understood that F-BVFD
was withdrawn in '82 due to it being heavier than the rest, due to repairs after a hard landing at Dakar in 1977, coupled with AF
axing all scheduled routes except the daily JFK
I now understand that FD
's weight was not excessive, neither was handling adversely affected, in fact, in it's last year of service, G-BOAD burned more fuel than FD
ever did (though OAD was due an Inter 'C' check until the retirement announcement, which would include re-rigging of the flight controls, improving fuel burn, as we found after OAG's Inter in late 2002).
seemed to be withdrawn for economic reasons, BA
, like mugs, purchased the intakes of FD
years back, only then finding they had corrosion.