Concorde 216 final flight

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(I know this isn't exactly rocketry, but is about something which flies fast - so its close enough for me. Some of you do seem to be interested in aircraft, too, so you might find this of interest).

Concorde 216 is going to make its final flight next wednesday (26/11/03). Returning to where she was born: BAC Filton, which is only a few miles away from me (I can just see the top of some of the larger structures from my flat). She is going to fly up the Bristol Channel. Turning along the path of the river Avon, at Avonmouth; then turning at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to fly over the city of Bristol, and then heading off to the Filton airfield, to land for the last time.

To me, Concorde is one of the most beautiful man made objects, in the sky. It fills me with sadness to see her go out of service, but thats progress, eh! She is also something us Bristolians are very proud of; along with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (great enginneer), and John Cabot (who set sail from Bristol and 'officially' found the lump of land the other side of the Atlantic, from Europe ;) ). Alot of the work/research on Concorde & her engines was done around here, and most people who have lived here for more than 15yrs, knows somebody who was involved in the project.

The final flight plan takes her right past Portishead, and we'll be able to see her turn over Avonmouth, to head for Bristol. Most of the local businesses (including where I work) are shutting for an hour, so we can go and see it. If the weather is ok, I'm going to be taking SHEADLOADS of pics, and I'll post the best ones, naturally.

BBC Bristol has a website about this occasion, and Concorde in general, here. (if you're interested)
 

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Cydermaster,
Being an Aviation buff I'd be grateful if you would post some pictures of the Concorde. I have had the privilage of seeing this magnificent bird at the Oshkosh airshow a few times. It is very elegant in the air and gives you goosebumps when it takes off. I'm sorry to see it past into history. Kind of like the Blackbird, another favorite of mine......Larry
 

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Yea, post lots of pics! I have been trying to find a Concorde file for MSFS 2002 with a panel, if anyone has one. Man, too many aircraft are retiring...
 

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Just found this on the BBC news site - looks like you'll be able to go and see Concorde in New York & Seattle museums.

BTW, I had the chief Air-Tunnel Engineer, on Concorde, come into where I work; to make some photocopies of photos of him doing Concorde's undercarrage Air-Tunnel tests, back in the 60s. Fasinating!
 

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Well ... just got back, and what an awesome sight she was! :D I've got a few photos, not very good 'cos my camera has only got a 2x 'real' zoom. I'll upload them when I get home (I'm at work now).

Due to bad weather, she flew past on her own; there had been plans for a Spitfire escort, but the weather conditions scuppered that. Didn't matter though! :D

I'm glad I got to see her, on her last flight, returning to her birth place. I don't know when we'll get to see an aeroplane with such 'style' again.

Even my 4 1/2 yr old nephew entered into the spirit of things, and gave Concorde a wave, as she dissapeared down the Bristol Channel towards Weston-super-Mare, saying "Bye bye Concorde".

BBC news page on final flight here.
 

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I am lucky enough to live under the Heathrow Airport Flightpath, so was able to watch the last 3 comercial Concorde flights come in, in sucession the othe day. it was quite a sight (and sound) to witness three in a row!
 

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Lucky people, I never got to see Concorde on take off or landing. I did once see her flying, I didn't get a good view but least I saw her.

One of my favourtie Concorde moments was at the Jubilee when she flew in formation with the Red Arrows down the Mall.
 

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Originally posted by iGGiE
I am lucky enough to live under the Heathrow Airport Flightpath
Not often you hear people say that! :D

Its going to be a bit quieter for you, now. Concorde's HUGE Rolls Royce engines make quite a racket!

Anyway, heres the best pic I managed to get. I was a bit beyond the capabilities of my camera.
 

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Originally posted by Mike
One of my favourtie Concorde moments was at the Jubilee when she flew in formation with the Red Arrows down the Mall.
They've just interviewed the pilot of the last flight, on my local BBC news (Points West), and he was the co-pilot for the Jubilee fly past. He rates that as his best Concorde moment too!
 

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Just a few days ago, while at work I walked past a TV. I could not hear what was being said, but I saw what I thought was the concorde on a ship of some kind....... Does anyone know if this was indeed the concorde? If it was, what was going on with it??
 

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rocketmanic,
I saw a small photo of a British Airways concorde being transported across New York harbor on a barge. It was headed for the aircraft carrier museum they have tied up on Manhattan's west side (is that the USS Intrepid?). Maybe that's what you saw?
 

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Originally posted by powderburner
rocketmanic,
I saw a small photo of a British Airways concorde being transported across New York harbor on a barge. It was headed for the aircraft carrier museum they have tied up on Manhattan's west side (is that the USS Intrepid?)

I did a little search on the "Intrepid" and the first site I found
https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/ confirmed you are right on both accounts.......... On the first page it said the concorde arrived Nov 25th and yes it is going on the intrepid........

It was just an odd lookin picture, a slow moving ship and a huge airplane........... I would love to see the concorde, I guess I will have to find a way to get to NY.............
 

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I've read now where the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is considering a Hypersonic Mach 4 aircraft capable of carrying 300 passengers.
If Concorde wasn't cost effective what makes them think this will be?
Larry
 

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I believe hypersonic is defined as Mach 5. I really don't think this will be cost effective. There have been speculations about a passenger aircraft that would fly on the edge of space though.
 

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Originally posted by Larry
I've read now where the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is considering a Hypersonic Mach 4 aircraft capable of carrying 300 passengers.
If Concorde wasn't cost effective what makes them think this will be?
Larry
Maybe newer technology...materials. I watched one land in front of me while I was taking off out of Boston (was diverted from NY) once. I was first in line holding short while it landed. I think it's a real sad day when we end up going sort of backwards like this. I hope someone takes the next step!
 

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Originally posted by Me
One of my favourtie Concorde moments was at the Jubilee when she flew in formation with the Red Arrows down the Mall.
If anyones interested this site has lots of great photos of concorde flying alongside the Red Arrows. Just click the link on the left hand frame once you're there, there's lots of other great shots of the Arrows too.
 

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Top link, Mike. :D The Jubilee Formation photos are nothing short of awesome. :cool:

Red Arrows/Concorde - what a combo - up there with the all time great combos: gin/tonic, Morcombe/Wise, crisps/beer, salt/pepper, Strummer(rip)/Jones.

Saw the Red Arrows about 15 years ago, at a Scout Jamboree. Breathtaking show. At the end, a load of scouts stood in formation, to spell the word BRAVO. There was an airel shot of the BRAVO in the papers the next day - it looked well cool.
 
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