AirBuffalo
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Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:20 am

For a stunt in the Live Aid concert of 1985 (charity concert held simultaneously in UK and US, with a few other venues), Phil Collins performed in both London and Philadelphia during the same concert by flying across the pond on the Concord.

My question ... did he take a regularly-scheduled Concorde flight or was it chartered?

The question comes down to: What the BA Concorde schedule in July, 1985?

Details:
1) His performance at Wembley Stadium was done by 1450Z (3:50pm British Summer time in London).
2) He was playing drums in Philly by 2339Z (7:39pm EDT Philly time).

Assume that he took a helicopter from Wembley to LHR and from JFK to Philadelphia.

9 hours seems like plenty of time to do it. An article even mentions: "on the flight, Phil bumped into Cher, who didn't know anything about the transatlantic events." That definately suggests that it was the scheduled flavor of flight.

For a bit more about the events, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liveaid

And ... as a challenge to the event's altruism, who paid for the $20k flight?  Smile

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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:56 pm

Quoting AirBuffalo (Thread starter):
My question ... did he take a regularly-scheduled Concorde flight or was it chartered?

Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

[Edited 2006-12-09 07:57:43]
 
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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:34 pm

Quoting AirBuffalo (Thread starter):
Assume that he took a helicopter from Wembley to LHR and from JFK to Philadelphia.



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 1):
Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

He what?

I'm pretty sure he took a scheduled flight.
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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:22 pm

Back then, there was 2 concorde flights a day.
He would have taken BA 003 : dep LHR 19:30 arrive JFK at 18:25 loads of time to get to Philly.
If I recall correctly... the flight was also running late on the day.
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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:33 am

Quoting 4holer (Reply 2):
Well, he flew into PHL, and there has never been any regularly scheduled Concorde flights between LHR and PHL with BA. So I'd say it was definately a charter.

He what?

I'm pretty sure he took a scheduled flight.

And you're right. I was wrong! I thought I recalled him chartering the Concorde and flying directly to PHL, but I guess I am mistaken! My apologies!
 
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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:05 am

Very interesting. Thanks. I couldn't imagine that they chartered it ... tough to justify the few hundred thousand pounds for a "charity" stunt!
 
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RE: Concorde Schedules & LiveAid

Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:45 pm

In those days the schedule was BA195 it was changed to BA3 (i think) about a year later.

The Live Aid DVD has some footage and you can hear them call "Speedbird Concorde 195"