All the Concordes… where are they ?
To visit every surviving Concorde in a year…
Well I enjoyed that challenge, here for your reference are details of my quest all eighteen airframes visited in a year.
To find out more click on the date, link in the table below for details of each aircraft visit..
|G-BOAA||East Fortune, Scotland||10th May 2016|
|G-BBDG||Weybridge, England||May 15th 2016|
|F-BVFA||Chantilly, USA||19th May 2016|
|G-BOAC||Manchester,England||28th May 2016|
|G-BOAF||Bristol, England||11th June 2016|
|F-WTSB||Toulouse, France||1st July 2016|
|F-BVFC||Toulouse, France||1st July 2016|
|F-BVFF||Paris CDG Airport, France||21st July 2016|
|F-WTSA||Paris ORY Airport, France||21st July 2016|
|F-BTSD||Le Bourget, France||22nd July 2016|
|F-WTSS||Le Bourget, France||22nd July 2016|
|G-BSST||Yeovilton, England||2nd August 2016|
|G-BOAB||London LHR Airport, England||21st August 2016|
|F-BVFB||Sinsheim, Germany||28th August 2016|
|G-BOAD||New York, USA||28 December 2016|
|G-BOAE||Bridgetown, Barbados||2nd February 2017|
|G-BOAG||Seattle, USA||19th February 2017|
|G-AXDN||Duxford, England||31st March 2017|
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 !
10 replies on “Every Concorde in a year…”
Congrats Ed – A truly supersonic effort! Maybe you could do a Google Earth version which includes photos and link back to your blog posts.
Thanks Frank, watch this space 😉 A good opportunity you try something new !
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.
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.
A remarkable achievement, highly envious!
I have such fond memories of Concorde, having grown up with it from early sonic boom test flights, working on parts as an apprentice and then with BA at Heathrow. In between times, living 3 miles South of Heathrow, it used to do a long sweep out over London, so it was one of the few aircraft that didn’t fly directly over the roof of my house in summer, instead just rolling by in the distance. Even moving to Devon I still had a connection. Depending on weather conditions, the sonic boom off Land’s End was audible before London bound Concorde’s throttled back.
A true tribute to 50 years. Well remembered and published
[…] for another quest, the scope limited in the current COVID-19 world, so no Globe Trotting hunting Concorde, instead a longish walk. I have been walking a lot since COVID has become part of our lives, […]
WORKED FOR PAN AM AT JFK IN THE 70,s AND WITNESSED THE FIRST AIR FRANCE CONCORDE COMING IN.PARKED OVERNIGHT AT THE
PAN AM HANGAR.WITNESSED THE FIRST BRITISH AIRWAYS ENGINE CHANGE USING THE PAN AM MAINTENANCE HANGAR. WORKING IN THE
LATE 90’ s AT MIA I WITNESSED THE LAST AIR FRANCE FLIGHT LEAVING MIAMI.I ALSO WITNESSED ONE OF THE FIRST CONCORDE FLIGHT
LEAVING RIO DE JANEIRO, FULL AFTERBURNER,NO NOISE RESTRICTIONS.
CONCORDE…..WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BIRD.
FROM BOGOTA….HANS G. SCHNUECKEL
I FORGAT TO MENTION THAT I VISITED THE CONCORDE IN SINSHEIM,GERMANY AND BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS.
HANS G. SCHNUECKEL
Where are the Concords?
It would be a pleasure to see the Concords Fly again.