Every Concorde in a year…

Mission Accomplished…

Well I enjoyed that challenge, here for your reference are details of my quest all eighteen airframes visited in a year.

MSNREGHOURS FLOWNLOCMY VISIT
001F-WTSS812Le Bourget, Paris, France22/07/2016
002G-BSST836Yeovilton, England02/08/2016
101G-AXDN632Duxford, England31/03/2017
102F-WTSA656Orly Airport, Paris, France21/07/2016
201F-WTSB909Toulouse, France01/07/2016
202G-BBDG1282Weybridge, England15/07/2016
204G-BOAC22260Manchester Airport, England28/05/2016
205F-BVFA17824Washington DC, USA19/05/2016
206G-BOAA22768East Lothian, Scotland05/05/2016
207F-BVFB14771 Sinsheim, Germany25/08/2016
208G-BOAB22296Heathrow Airport, London, England21/08/2016
209F-BVFC14332Toulouse, France01/07/2016
210G-BOAD23397New York City,USA28/12/2016
212G-BOAE23376Barbados Airport, Barbados01/02/2017
213F-BTSD12974Le Bourget, Paris, France22/07/2016
214G-BOAG16239Seattle, USA18/02/2017
215F-BVFF12421Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France21/07/2016
216G-BOAF18257Bristol, England11/06/2016

Much as I expected it was in some ways a rather sad process of course we would all rather see Concorde flying rather than in museums, but the fact that a few of the airframes seem almost forgotten and unloved in a few locations is rather depressing.  Highlights in terms of the best preserved and presented aircraft are pair at Le Bourget, Alpha Alpha at East Fortune and Alpha Echo at Bridgetown.  At the other end of the spectrum are of course Alpha Bravo in the car park at Heathrow and historic Concorde 02 at Orly !

Seeing Concorde remains an emotional experience, even if you have not been lucky enough to see one fly, there is something so special about the design or at a more fundamental level just the shape. Of course Concorde was an engineering marvel but perhaps it’s real appeal is that it is the manifestation of the paper dart that we as children imagined all aircraft to be !

Every Concorde on a Map !

4 comments

  1. Steven Ramage

    I remember it flying overhead around 7pm on a Friday night when we used to drink at the Ostrich in Colnbrook. Many photos (yes, using cameras not phones!) of the takeoff afterburners and man, that noise was amazing! Well done for completing it.

    • Bjarne J Sutherland

      I fondly remember how it would stop conversation at school in Surrey everyday at 10:45 due to the noise when it majestically flew by.

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