On her way home from Bay of Biscay flight she met up over London with her sisters
G-BOAE and G-BOAG. All 3 Concordes flew in f ormation a low circuit over
London as a final good bye and fare well before they came in to Heathrow to land at
It was a sad and heart braking moment as from now no other Concorde would
ever fly over London again.
And I was at Heathrow to see her and wrote report see - 24 Oct 2003
Peter Carrigan was the Senior Engineering Officer on my Concorde flight which had flown
4 days earlier on G-BOAF’s sister G-BOAD.
During her life G-BOAF had
• Captain ............................………. Paul Douglas.
• Senior First Officer ...........….….. .Mark Jealous
• Senior Engineering Officer ........... Peter Carrigan.
• Senior Engineering Officer ........... Warren Hazelby
• 20 April 1979
G-BOAF first flew from Filton in England
• 9 - 12 June 1980
She flew to Heathrow Airport and was given to British Airways.
She was then given the name of G-BOAF
• Summer 1982
G-BOAF did her first airshow, did a fly past at the Farnborough air show
• 1st April 1989
G-BOAF left Heathow airport flew on one of the first a round the world charter flights for Concorde and a few weeks later landed back at Heathrow. During this trip she had flown 38,343 miles.
• May 1993
She was the first Concorde of BA’s fleet to get rid of her 1980’s interior fittings and got new funky 1990’s style ones.
G-BOAF was first aircraft in BA to get rid of the smart 1980’s power dressing blue tail livery
and was painted in the new more contemporary, relaxed and chilled out 1990’s Chatham livery.
• 16 Aug 2000
She was grounded, Her Certificate of Airworthiness is removed, this was due to the
Paris Concorde crash which happened on 25 July 2000.
After that crash all Concordes where grounded.
• Winter 2000 - early Summer 2001
G-BOAF was used as a test Concorde which had safety upgrades fitted to her including Kevlar fuel tank liners.
• 17 July 2001
With these safety upgrades in place she was given the green light and allowed to fly to
see if all these things really worked.
G-BOAF did an excellent job and her flight was a huge success.
• 22 Oct 2001
After a few more tweaks to the safely upgrades, G-BOAF made one last and final test flight this time, this was a return flight from UK to New York.
G-BOAF flew effortlessly with out any worries, she did a first class job and her flight was a huge huge success.
Due to her sacrifice in being used as guinea pig (to test the safety upgrades), she paved the way for all other Concordes in both Air France and British Airways to have the same safety upgrades fitted, she helped Concorde fly again.
• 7 Nov 2001
G-BOAF had the honour of becoming Blair force 1 for 3 ½ hrs as our Prime Minister Tony Blair used G-BOAF to fly to Washington to meet President George W Bush.
It was a land mark day because no one outside BA or Air France had flown on Concorde since the Paris Crash.
Tony Blair put his life in to G-BOAF’s hands and G-BOAF did not let him down she swiftly and safely carried our leader to America and she brought him safely
Tony Blair gave the thumbs up to Concorde and the flight proved Concorde was 100% safe for passengers, after this final test-ish flight normal passenger service for all upgraded Concordes was resumed for both airlines.
G-BOAF and all her sister Concordes from Air France and BA where over the moon about it, they where extremely extremely happy, they where on cloud 9 as they loved flying and they completely and totally adored flying at twice the speed of sound.
The feeling from Concorde pilots, crews and engineers from both airlines was yes yes yes, we’ve got Concorde back and we are overjoyed.
The public from both countries where also very happy to see Concorde back and for a short while Concorde was shown on every news bulletin in the UK.
When I heard Concorde was coming back I was over the moon about it, I was that happy.
This was thanks to the hard work of the engineers + pilots at BA, Air France and Airbus, it was also thanks to the star of the year G-BOAF.
• 1 Dec 2001
Less than 1 month after Tony Blair flew on Concorde, G-BOAF re started the weekly
winter flights of London to Barbados.
She also carried on with her normal duties of flying from London Heathrow - New York
• 24 Oct 2003
G- BOAF had the honour of being one of 3 Concordes to take part in the last
commercial day of Concorde’s flights.
For her final commercial flight she took off at 2pm and flew to around the Bay of Biscay carrying a load of VIPs for one last time in her commercial life.
Her flight number was - BA 9010
On this happy and sad day her pilots where