Rough Map of G-BOAE’s
Map of G-BOAE landing at Grantley Adams International Airport
and taxiing to her parking place.
As she came close to Barbados G-BOAE gently reduced speed from Mach 2 down to her landing speed and passed effortlessly over the palm trees and beaches of this tropical paradise, before making her final approach over the ocean towards Grantley Adams International Airport only runway and landed.
This was the last and final time in history G-BOAE would ever use her might and huge power to cross 4,500 miles of the Atlantic ocean in 4 hrs and at twice the speed of sound. It takes a normal plane like Boeing 747 or the “new” Airbus A380 8-10 hrs to make the SAME journey .
A passenger on board G-BOAE wrote the following about the final flight
During her last flight one of my friends took video and still pictures of what happened on the flight and what happened just after she landed Barbados
G-BOAE - Last flight from Heathrow 17 Nov 2003
After she disappeared in to the cold extremely wet November sky we started the long walk back to my friend’s car and I took the following picture of my friends outside runway 09L.
My friends and I (the people in this photo) are Concorde Chasers.
Then we got in the car and drove towards Hatton Cross tube station and went home……On our way there we where all exhausted, excited and sad at the same time……The atmosphere was happy but quite with a hint of sadness at this 2nd to last flight, We chatted and shared our experiences of the great event, but sad that yet another Concorde had left Heathrow forever.
On the Flight to Barbados
After G-BOAE disappeared in to the cold extremely wet sky, she followed her usual route of flying south and west over the Atlantic towards Barbados.
Very soon after take off she climbed to 10,000ft flying and was flying at 400 knts (460 mph)
• 12.44 pm
Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave G-BOAE was give call sign of AE.
She was accelerating to 4000ft per min to reach 21,000 ft, while she was doing this she
flew over over Bracknell and was heard by the local residents under her flight path.
She started climbing to 26,000ft
She’d reached 26,000ft and was climbing to 29,000ft, as she did this she passed over
Swindow at 12.50pm and was heard by local residents.
• 12.55-ish pm
G-BOAE passed over Filton, local residents at Filton heard her but due to very low cloud
with constant drizzle could not see her.
A few mins later she flew over the Bristol channel and passed close to Newport in South
Wales. It was still very cloudy and wet outside people heard her but could not see her.
While she was doing this she asked Air traffic control permission to break the sound
barrier and go supersonic.
ATC gave her permission to do this.
• 1.05-ish pm
She had broken the sound barrier and was flying just above Mach 1 close to Porthcawl in
South wales. As she passed Porthcawl she started climbing and continued accelerating,
a few mins later she seen flying near Swansea in South wales at 36,000ft and at roughly
653kts (751 mph) just above mach 1 ......
Just after she was given permission to accelerate to mach 2 (twice the speed of sound),
every one at Shannon ATC in Ireland sent her goodbye messages of good will.
10 mins later she reached mach 2, turned left and headed deep in to the South West Atlantic Ocean and she started her long and final flight to Barbados
As far as I know this is the only record which exists
of what actually happened on that flight.