Trip Report



At the door of  the Dream machine


Inside the Dream machine :-)


She came over to me and offered me the towel.


I asked

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What’s this for ?


She replied

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Its to wipe your hands with sir.


She was blond in her 30s and looked gorges, I got tongue tied at how pretty she was and in a goofy accent I said

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Sorry I didn’t know.


but I accepted the towel wiped my hands and gave the towel back her..... For me this was really posh stuff as I’d never come across this before so at first I didn’t know how to react to this but I got use to posh way of doing things :-)


On the flight deck

6.30pm

   (click on above to listen to actual audio of it)


Heathrow ATC

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Speedbird Concorde 1 hello, start of the cruise cleared for New York Kennedy, Compton three foxtrot departure,  standard oceanic tract is sierra mike squawking seven six zero two, Q and H is one zero one zero millibars.


Captain Andy Mills

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Zero one zero and errr Compton 3 foxtrot sierra mike seven six zero two  confirmed.


Heathrow ATC

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Speedbird Concorde 1, your current eback slot time is at four five and its been a pleasure working you and its been my last shift today. Contact lenar one decimal nine for the push, correction contact one two one seven for the push.


Captain Andy Mills

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One two one seven and errrr the pleasures all mine.


Thanks for sending us off on my last trip to.



Heathrow ATC

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Have a good one.


Air side and on the ground


The mechanical LAE engineer took command of G-BOAD being pushed back.


Before she was pushed back he helped the pilots start the 2 inner engines….. Number 3 engine was the first one to be started then came number 2 engine once these where running smoothly she was pushed back until she was looking straight a head, at this point the remaining 2 outer engines (1 and 4) where started.

Rough diagram of Concorde

doing a 3 point turn

In the cabin

In the distance below the left and right of me I heard a rapid loud fluttering noise similar to the sound you hear in a garage when the mechanic takes your car’s wheels off with a compressed air powered spanner gun…… Then I heard the faint whine of the 2 inner engines being started up separately, the whine got louder and louder until it was a constant middle pitch jet noise we where then reversed back (pushed back).


Initially my mind didn’t notice that happening to much as I was to busy looking around every where trying absorb the atmosphere and the experience of being on a “ live “ Concorde but while sitting in my seat my body felt the plane gently lurch a bit forward and then lurch gently to the left and right before I could feel the whole plane being pushed backwards  (basically doing a 2 point turn and having her nose point forward).


To do a 3 point in a car takes skill but to do it in a 202ft supersonic airplane while she is still on ground boy that takes a lot of skill and training, (Push back felt similar to the Ryan Air 737 which I'd flown only 6 days earlier).


When all 4 engines where smoothly running and all was ok the mechanical LAE engineer gave control back to my pilots.


My pilots then started moving a her flaps and rudder to make sure they worked correctly before she was allowed to taxi to her departure runway.  

Concorde being pushed back and

doing a 3 point turn.