|Quoting VC10 (Reply 5):
The aircraft concerned was G-BOAG and if you go to this site you will get the details
You just beat me to it!!
I was about to say that OAG was for a while taken out of service before being returned to service with BA
, being the first to be painted in the Landor livery. I was going to speculate that the reason stated above would be why she was temporarily withdrawn.
I've not read anything as to why OAG was taken out before now, so I thought it'd be best to do some research before posting, so I've been hunting through www.concordesst.com
while VC10 was posting!!
EDIT: Just recovered.....
"Concorde 214 had a less than glamorous start to its life as G-BFKW. After manufacture and with no buyer, it was loaned via a sale or return agreement to British Airways, to cover for a 6 month period, while G-BOAC was being repaired at Filton.
After an aborted flight to New York on 26th April 1980 the aircraft was grounded with a water contaminated hydraulic system. the contamination had induced an intake ramp failure at Mach 2, which in turn lead to engine surges. The aircraft did not fly again for more than a year, but at a cost of one million pounds was re-entered into service, this time as G-BOAG, in Feb 1981.
With a lack of parts for it's Concorde fleet BA grounded and used "Alpha Golf" as it main spares source for a period of time up until 1984 when with parts availabe from the newly acquired G-BBDG. "G-BOAG" was returned to service and was the first to fly the the BA "Landor" livery in prepartation for the eventual floatation of British Airways on the London Stock Exchange."
[Edited 2006-03-09 19:18:55]