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Concorde - Aircraft Profile - Aerospatiale-BAC : Concorde


Manufacturer : Aerospatiale-BAC
Number Built : 20
Production Began : 1976
Retired : 2003
Type : Civilian

The Arospatiale-BAC Concorde was a turpbojet powered supersonic passenger airliner, produced bewteen the British and French companies. The Concorde programme was instigated through the Anglo-French government treaty which brought together both the French company Aerospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (now BEA systems ). The First Concorde prototype flew in 1969, and Concorde entered service in 1976, continuing for 27 years. Only 20 aircraft were built, the development phase represented a substantial economic loss. Both British Airways and Air France were subsidised by their governments to buy the aircraft. The Concorde flew mainly between London and New York or Washington taking less than half the time than any other airliner. The Air France Concordes also flew form Charles Degaulle airport in Paris. The only crash was of a Air France Concorde on the 25th pf July 2000, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and other financial factors caused the Concorde fleet to cease flying on the 24th October 2003, with the last flights being on the 26th of November 2003. Concorde will remain an aviation great.


Concorde Artwork Collection

Final Touchdown by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde Farewell by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde over Manhattan by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde over London by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde - The Final Touchdown by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde over New York (Concorde Farewell) by Ivan Berryman.

Concorde over London by Ivan Berryman.

Farewell Concorde by Philip West.

Concorde - Second to None by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - Pride of Britain by Stephen Brown.

Queen of the Skies by Philip West.

Concorde - The Last Flight Home by Stephen Brown.

The Jubilee Flight by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - The Pride of Bristol by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - The Golden Years by Stephen Brown

Concorde - The Supersonic Thoroughbred by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - Homeward Bound by Stephen Brown

Concorde - Safely Home by Stephen Brown

Concorde - The Last Goodbye by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - The Final Touchdown by Stephen Brown

Concorde - Early Morning Arrival by Stephen Brown.

Concorde - The Last Flight Home by Robert Tomlin.

Speedbird by Simon Atack.

Concorde - The Last Flight Home by Robert Tomlin.

The Queen of the Skies by Adrian Rigby.

British Aerospace Concorde by Gerald Coulson.

Concorde by Michael Turner.

Pride of Britain by Adrian Rigby.

Hero of the Sky - Concorde by Barry Price.

Concorde Farewell by Michael Rondot.

British Airways Concorde by Barry Price.

Delta Golf by Barry Price.

The Concorde Story

Concorde Formation by Robert Taylor.

Signatures for : Concorde
A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking their name.
Captain Paul Bandall

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Captain Paul Bandall

Starting out on Britsh Airways 737 fleet, Paul moved on to DC10s, progressing to Senior First Officer. With the opportunity to join Concorde as Senior First Officer in January 1998 Paul joined Concorde fleet as a Senior First Officer In 2000 Paul moved to BA's Airbus fleet as Captain, and in 2004 transferred to become a Captain on the Boeing 777. and now is a Training Captain at British Airways.

Captain Michael Bannister

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Captain Michael Bannister

Mike Bannister graduated from Ashton School, DunstabIe, and the College of Air Training HambIe, having been awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship in 1966. He then joined BOAC (British Airways predecessor) in 1969 as a pilot and flight navigator on the VC10 (Vickers) fleet. He became the youngest pilot on the Concorde fleet in 1977, completing the first ever course for Line Flight Crew. Over the following years Mike was a member of a number of government and industry policy groups dedicated to aviation safety, and became a Concorde pilot instructor in 1986. He became Assistant Training Manager and a Captain on British Airways' BAe1-11 fleet in 1989. He also served as Flight Crew Manager for that fleet and the high tech A320 fleet. In 1990 he was appointed Flight Manager (Technical) for the BAe1-11 fleet. In 1992 he moved to the B757/767 fIeet as departmental Manager Business Development and Communications and was named Head of Communications, Flight Operations in 1992. He was appointed the airlines Chief Concorde Plot in 1995 and, until the suspension of the aircrafts Certificate of Airworthiness, flew regularly as Captain on all of the aircrafts routes worldwide. Concorde has visited a total of 251 destinations - 72 in the USA. From July 2000 Mike was very actively involved in the corporate and industry efforts to achieve Concordes safe return to service in November 2001. In that role he liaised closely with manufacturers, accident investigators, Governments and the Authorities as well as representing the company in a range of arenas. Additionally he developed and delivered the retraining of Concorde Flight Crew in preparation for Concorde flying duties foIIowing their temporary secondment to other types. Mike partnered Claud Freeman, Engineering Manager Concorde, for significant Concorde presentations to customers, staff, insures, service partners and authorities including landmark events for the Top 50 Concorde Customers at Engineering Base at Heathrow and the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. He was at the controls of British Airways Supersonic Flagship when she returned to service on November 7th 2001 and for all of the stunning Air to Air photographs and movies of Concorde that were used in supporting presentations. His other Concorde firsts are too numerous to list, highlights include:
- landing the aircraft on inaugural visits to Oakland, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, Baltimore and Miami
- commanding the aircraft in June 1996 on the 50th Anniversary Fly Past of London Heathrow Airport flying in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows
- on July 17th 2001 commanding the first flight of a modified Concorde as part of the Return to Service programme, thereby becoming the first airline pilot to re-qualify onto Concorde following the pause in service
- following restoration of the Certificate of Airworthiness, flying the first passenger flight on September 11th 2001
- on November 7th 2001 commanding the first scheduled passenger flight as the worlds only supersonic airliner returned to daily service
- commanding Concorde as she flew in formation with the Red Arrows over Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee on June 4th 2002
- flying Concordes last commercial flight from New York to London on October 24th 2003.

Mike concluded his career with Concorde when he commanded the last ever flight; returning to her birthplace at Filton, Bristol on 26th November 2003.

Captain James Bedforth

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Captain James Bedforth

James Bedford joined British Airways flying the Boeing 757/767 fleet. After ten years experience, he joined the Concorde fleet as a Senior First Officer, but following the grounding of Concorde he flew as Captain on the 757/767 fleet. On Concorde's return to service in 2001 he demoted himself to Senior First Officer so that he could return to Concorde. He then transferred to become a Training Captain on 777s.

Richard Boas

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Richard Boas

Captain Richard Boas joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1959 as an anti-submarine helicopter pilot, and on completion of training was posted to 815 Squadron, the first to be equipped with the Wessex HAS1, on Ark Royal. Subsequently served as an instructor at the Operational Flying Training School at Portland. On leaving the Service in 1964, joined BEA and flew as a co-pilot on the Heron, Viscount and BAC1-11 before gaining command back on the Viscount. Converted to the Trident and then, in 1985, was selected for Concorde as one of the first short haul pilots to be allowed to apply after the merger of BEA and BOAC to form British Airways. Appointment as a Training Captain followed soon afterwards, and retired from the Concorde fleet in 1996.

Captain Les Brodie

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Captain Les Brodie

Les Brodie joined British Airways as a Trident co-pilot in 1973. He went on to fly 737s out of London Gatwick before joining the Concorde fleet in 1988 as co-pilot. Les became Simulator Instructor for Concorde in 1993 before gaining command on 777s in 1997. Les returned to Concorde as Flight Manager in June 1998 and remained in that position until the retirement of Concorde. Les carried out the last Concorde landing in G-BOAF at Filton on November 26, 2003.

Captain Paul Douglas

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Captain Paul Douglas

After flying as a co-pilot on Tridents and Tristars, Paul Douglas joined the Concorde fleet as a co-pilot from 1988 to 1997. For two years from 1997-99 he was a Captain flying the Airbus A320, before returning to Concorde as Captain from 2000 until the retirement of the aircraft. He flew the last VIP LHR-LHR in G-BOAF. He then moved on to be General Manager Flight Operations.

Captain Viv Gunton

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Captain Viv Gunton

Captain Vivian Gunton started flying in 1958 with an RAF Flying Scholarship - on a Tiger Moth - at a grass aerodrome called Fairoaks. On leaving school he took one of the 42 places offered at the College of Air Training, Hamble, when it opened in 1960. After graduating from the College in 1962, Viv joined British European Airways and spent 8 years flying around Europe and the UK, first on the Vanguard then flying Tridents which were at that time the fastest civil passenger aeroplanes in the world. Promoted Captain in 1970, he spent 7 years flying in Scotland, which included three years flying the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and landing on the beach at Barra in the Outer Hebrides. He returned to London to fly the Trident again, and with the demise of the Trident in late 1985, Viv needed to find something faster to fly and so became a Concorde Captain. He flew Concorde for 11 years until he retired in September 1996. He subsequently spent two years, part time, flying a King-Air for Cega Air Ambulance. Viv lives with his wife in Odiham. When not gardening or flying aerobatics in a Chipmunk, they may be found narrow boating at a mind-bending 4 m.p.h.

Warren Hazelby

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Warren Hazelby

Concorde Flight Engineer and Flight Manager. Warren Hazelby was born in Filton, near Bristol, England, on 17th February 1951. After his formal education, he joined British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in August 1967 as a ground engineer. In 1976 he was selected for Flight Engineer Training. Since then, he has flown thousands of hours on Boeing 707 and 720 aircraft, Lockheed Tristar L1011, and the Boeing 747 (Jumbo). He was selected for Concorde and started the six-month training course in 2000. During his time on Concorde he flew the scheduled flights to New York and Barbados as well as the final flights to Barbados, New York and Filton where the aircraft will be exhibited in museums. During his time with British Airways, Warren has also fulfilled a variety of management roles. In 1993 he became British Airways Chief Flight Engineer responsible for over 600 Flight Engineers. Since being trained onto Concorde, he has become Flight Manager Concorde and ran the Fleet on a daily basis with Captain Les Brodie.

Captain Chris Norris

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Captain Chris Norris

Chris Norris joined British Airways in 1969 on VC10s and spent 8 years as co-pilot. In 1977 he went on to the Concorde fleet as a co-pilot, spending the next 11 years with the Concorde fleet. Returning to fly sub-sonic 737s, 757s and 767s, he finally returned to Concorde in 1997 serving for 6 years as Captain until his retirement in 2003.

Captain Tim Orchard

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Captain Tim Orchard

Senior First Officer Tim Orchard began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licenced to fly Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Hot Air Balloons and Hot Air Airships. Tim is an air-test pilot, a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner (of Pilots and Flight Instructors) for the Civil Aviation Authority. He jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes (7th February 1996). Tim has flown in formation with the Concorde on several occasions; the Heathrow 50th Anniversary with Red Arrows and several air-to-air photography sorties. In his career with British Airways Tim has flown the Hawker-Sidley Trident, the Concorde and the Boeing 777 as well as spending nine years as personal pilot to the BA Board in an executive aircraft. Tim is Managing Director of a BA subsidiary which runs its own airfield. He owns a hot air balloon and a 1950s DeHavilland Chipmunk aircraft.

Christopher Orlebar FRAeS

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Christopher Orlebar FRAeS

Christopher Orlebar learned to fly in 1965, joining British Airways (BOAC) in 1969, and flying VC10s. In 1976 he flew Concorde, staying with the aircraft for a further 10 years. He has since been involved in writing and lecturing on aviation subjects, particularly Concorde.

Jock Reid MBE

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Jock Reid MBE

Jock Reid was born and raised in Renfrew, mid-way between the old and new Glasgow airports. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1966 and after training, flew the Lightning operationally before completing an instructors course and spending 2 years teaching on the Folland Gnat. He attended the US Navy Test Pilots School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1976 before returning to the UK to spend 3 years testing fighter and trainer aircraft at the Aeroplane and Armament Establishment Boscombe Down. His final 3 years of RAF service was as an instructor at the Empire Test Pilots School, also at Boscombe Down. He joined the Civil Aviation Authority as an airworthiness test pilot in January 1983, becoming Chief Test Pilot in 1995 before retiring in September 2003. During his CAA service Jock has flown most types of aircraft from the very small to the very largest and fastest. He admits to a great fondness for the Boeing 747 but it is Concorde which remains the focus of his affection. Jock converted to Concorde in 1989 and flew the aeroplane on a regular basis until his retirement in 2003. During that time, he was privileged to participate in all the flight test activities which arose, including in particular, the return to service tests after the Paris accident as well as participation in ceremonial flights such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the Queens Golden Jubilee. Honours and awards include the Royal Aeronautical Society's British Gold Medal, 2002 and the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators Derry and Richards Memorial Medal, 2003. He was appointed MBE in January 2004.

Peter Sinclair

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Peter Sinclair

Peter T Sinclair joined British Caledonian in 1980 and after the airlines merged became a British Airways Concorde pilot in 1991. This was the highlight to a varied aviation career, which had included Game Park flying in East Africa, worldwide freighting and operating wide-bodied passenger aircraft. During his 6 1/2 years flying Concorde he accumulated 2600 hours and over 600 Supersonic Transatlantic flights to New York, Washington and Barbados. He was also involved in The Concorde Fleet's Supersonic flights over the North Sea, Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean Sea, from many destinations, and a Tour of East and South Africa. On the day the Chatham Flag colour scheme was launched for Concorde operated on the air-to-air photographic publicity flight. Other responsibilities carried out on the Fleet included presentations on the aircraft and PR duties with the passengers. Left the Fleet to take a command on the B747, then finally the B777 before retirement. Since leaving British Airways has taken up a position flying the B747 once again, as well as continuing to operate his Auster light aircraft purely for pleasure.

Captain Brian Trubshaw

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25 / 3 / 2001Died : 25 / 3 / 2001
Captain Brian Trubshaw

Ernest Brian Trubshaw was born on January 29th 1924 and educated at Winchester, where he was captain of cricket. He had been captivated by flying since the age of 10, when he saw the Prince of Wales' aircraft land on the beach at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, not far from where his family then lived. In 1942, he signed up for the RAF, training on a Stearman biplane in America. He joined Bomber Command in 1944, flying Stirlings and Lancasters, before transferring the next year to Transport Command. His flying skills were rated as exceptional and, in 1946, he joined the King's Flight, piloting George VI and other members of the Royal Family; he was occasionally roped in for after-dinner games with the young Princesses at Balmoral. After teaching at the Empire Flying School and the RAF Flying College from 1949-50, Trubshaw was almost sent to Malaya as one of only two RAF pilots who also had helicopter experience. Instead, he was given permission to leave the service to become a test pilot for Vickers-Armstrong, where he remained for 30 years, becoming chief test pilot in 1960, and director of test flights from 1966. Trubshaw worked on the development of the Valiant V-bomber, the Vanguard, the VC-10, and the BAC-111, all of which he test flew. His coolness in saving Britain's prototype VC-10 from disaster on an early test flight won him the Derry and Richards Memorial Medal for outstanding test flying contributing to the advance of aviation in 1965. Structural failure had been threatened when an elevator section broke loose and the aircraft shook as though the tail was shaking the dog. Trubshaw could not read the instruments because of the violent motion, but broadcast to base the nature of the trouble in case he could not get back. He then managed to land the aircraft with only half the elevator control. He later described this manoeuvre as one of my trickier moments. Three years earlier, Trubshaw had been awarded the same medal for his work in the early 1950s on the Valiant jet bomber, on which he tested the delivery system for Britain's first atom bomb, the 10,000 lb Blue Danube. In 1985, on the eve of his retirement, Trubshaw revealed that while flying a Valiant V-bomber, he had been compelled to drop a concrete replica of the weapon into the Thames estuary. Prior to joining the Concorde project, he also flew V-bombers, the aircraft responsible for the nuclear deterrent of the UK. He was the original test pilot for Concorde, Trubshaw flew the British-assembled Concorde 002 from Filton in Bristol to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, on April 9 1969. and was awarded the OBE and CBE. He died 25th March 2001.

Captain John Tye

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Captain John Tye

John Tye was an F/O on Concorde who went on to fly Airbus A320s and Boeing 777s after the retirement of Concorde in 2003.

Captain Mark Walden

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2 / 8 / 2007Died : 2 / 8 / 2007
Captain Mark Walden

Concorde pilot, flying with the aircraft from 1998 until the retirement of the aircraft in 2003. Sadly, Mark Walden was killed on 2nd August 2007 after his stunt aircraft crashed while practising aerobatics at White Waltham in Berkshire.

Captain Brian Walpole

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Captain Brian Walpole

Concorde pilot who flew Concorde aircraft for over 12 years, commanding the first supersonic service from London to New York. Promoted to General Manager British Airways Concorde Division in the early 1980s, he has won a host of awards, including the freedom of the City of London, and an OBE.

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