Rough Map of G-BOAE’s

last flight

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

Take off

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.

• 12.45pm

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.

• 12.46pm

She started climbing to 26,000ft

• 12.47-12.50pm

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 ......

• 1.10pm


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.