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Old 10th Nov 2003, 17:51
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CONCORDE ALPHA DELTA today

Serving as a reminder to all 'ppruners,

Concorde Alpha Delta flies for the last time today (ever) supersonic LHR-JFK as "Speedbird Concorde AD".
ETD LHR 1516z ETA JFK 1901z.

That leaves AE to go Barbados 17th November and FINAL AF to FIlton on 26th November.
No more word on AA or AB at LHR the non-current airworthy ones.
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Old 11th Nov 2003, 00:00
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Concorde flys again

It was nice to be alerted by that special rumbling roar, and get to the window in time to see the delta shape turn right in a climb which presented the familiar sight of the rear of the bird disappearing in a faint trail of exhaust.

I guess it was one of the ones repositioning for its life ahead as a museum piece.

Or was it a demo flight for Richard?
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Old 11th Nov 2003, 00:08
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Watched the departure at LHR this afternoon. No noise abatement today, the re-heats roared for ages, brilliant.
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Old 11th Nov 2003, 00:20
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He certainly didn't do his noise. In Teddington the streets shook. Way to go.
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Old 11th Nov 2003, 01:14
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I wish I was up there!

This was the last flight to JFK as this was going there and then being ferried to the Intrepid museum or something.

I wish it was a demo for Sir Richard as then we would see this bird grace the skies for many years to come. A sad, sad day in aviation .

Thanks

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Old 11th Nov 2003, 01:18
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The one destined for East Fortune, Edinburgh, is apparently to have her wings removed, and go by barge up to her final resting place. It'll take a wee while though, as apparently it will take 3 months to remove the wings, however long to put it on the barge and sail it up there, and then another 3 months for the engineers to refit her wings when in position at East Fortune.
Hope the Engineers going with her enjoy their 3 months in EDI!
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 00:26
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Final Concorde to Filton

According to the latest local news, the final flight of Concorde will end at Filton (Bristol) at 13:00 on 26th November. Fitting that she's coming home to rest.

I'd be interested to know who the crew will be.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 00:59
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I'd be interested to know who the crew will be.
Well I think you can be 100% certain who the Captain will be, can't see Mike Bannister letting that one go.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 01:49
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Personally, when it comes to "Concorde Flies Again", I prefer this version:

http://www.concordesst.com/returntof...ightindex.html .
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 02:37
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A couple of weeks ago the local Bristol evening newspaper said the pilot was to be a Captain Brodie and the flight engineer a Bristolian, whose name I regret to say escapes me.

Mind this was before the official announcement that a Concorde was even going to Filton, but the rumour seemed watertight.

Will be interesting to see if they correctly picked part of the flight crew.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 02:41
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As I understand it Mike will do the LHR departure and Les will do the filton Arrival
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 03:06
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I was on LX 23 landing directly behind the last Concorde into JFK yesterday afternoon - even more special than before. Parked at Terminal 9 for the very last time - quite moving and I said my private goodbyes.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 03:57
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Hey Snigs, is my ticket for the arrival on the way?

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Old 12th Nov 2003, 04:14
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Has Mike been in the LH seat on all of them, since and including the last Heathrow landing?

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Old 12th Nov 2003, 06:12
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Unhappy Last Concorde T/O 26Nov 1120Z ?

In case anyone wants to know I believe the LAST Concorde Departure will be on:
Wednesday 26 November 2003, BA9020C 1120Z G-BOAF, from LHR to Filton, 1300Z; all times approx.

There is also alledged to be an earlier departure, G-BOAE, to Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados:
Monday 17 November 2003, 1120Z Departure from LHR - BA9093C.

I acknowledge source:

http://www.concordesst.com/retire/diary.html

I will be there for both.

I will never forgive BA.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 07:17
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I would think so........

He has got his CV to fill in to prepare for life as an after dinner speaker, TV presenter, author plus any other cameo appearance he can arrange.....

.......or is that me just being a tiny bit cynical ???
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Angry

Wish I could be there for the last departures. A very sad day.

Like Youneverstoplearning I will not forgive BA.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 16:01
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I will be there for the final landing, Hope it comes in accross the A38.
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Old 12th Nov 2003, 18:26
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Well, if Capt. Bannister is not doing the landing then we might see a good one!!

Nasib, I'd have thought you'd be watching at FL40, in the hold.

I'll be there to see it, by all accounts the police are considering closing the A38, regardless of whether there's a westerly or not. My worry is the M5, if the landing is on 09 then there is a possibility of a "gawping" induced pile up!!

Sad day for those involved.
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Well, if Capt. Bannister is not doing the landing then we might see a good one!!

Shurely Shum Mishtake

I watched the 3 last landings at Heathrow on telly. The Edinburgh was a tad bouncy, the round-the-bay was pretty good, and Bannister's was a greaser.

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