For me, also my very last day in BA
The very final act, the week before I'd flown on G-BOAE to it's retirement in BGI
I took a half day, I was going to see G-BOAF go from the runway, not hear it in the hangar.
But, we were literally down to our last few pax safety cards, the rest being souvenirs now.
Remember, these are legally required on a pax flight, and G-BOAF was full of BA
staff, for it's supersonic trip ending finally, fittingly, at FZO
After every nook and cranny search found sufficient cards (just), another problem.
Someone had also nicked (for E-Bay?) all the fuelling sheets, something else legally required.
I had been going through all the vast Concorde technical paperwork as we drew down, what had to be legally kept for a time, what should be donated to museums, what could be destroyed.
I remember seeing some fuelling sheets, they came in a book, last used for OAE back in 1984.
Still, the fuel capacity and numbers of tanks had not changed, they'd do.
But, it's in another building, to get the key to where they are, I have to go to a third building on the base.
The aircraft was waiting.
After a lot of dashing about, I rushed back to our hangar, stuffing the fuel sheet book into the hand of a colleague who promptly jumped into a Land rover and drove to the Central area and OAF.
Now I could leave.
To the perimeter, a big crowd again.
One was a young man with a white stick and closed eyes, he was here to hear
Concorde, one last time.
The last magnificent roar, G-BOAF was gone, forever.
I had flown on her 3 times, including my first and second Concorde flights, she was almost my
Home was very near, so a brief walk with, I admit, wet eyes.
Now? Sure I miss her still, but since we got to 2006/7 it's lessened, for in any event, had things been different, we'd have almost certainly retired it around this time.