Trip Report



We are on our way


In the cabin


While we where taxiing I noticed that I could see the Virgin hangers out of my window, the hangers  where on right side of plane, then I stupidly went in to “plane spotter mode“ as I wanted to find out which runway we where taking off as I thought

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   No one told us


for some reason  I expected it to be 27L but it turned out we where taxiing over to the north and East side of Heathrow Airport and we where heading towards runway 27R.

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Our taxi route (under our own power) from Terminal 4 to runway 27R


Key :-

       

              = Virgin Atlantic Hangers



In the cabin


As we went past the Virgin Atlantic hangers in happy cheery voice Co Pilot James Bedforth - came on the tannoy and said

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SFO James Bedforth speaking …. I’d like to add my own welcome on board on the best airliner ever built, it’s a pleasure to have you with us today and I’m sure for a lot of you will be your first opportunity to fly Concorde and I am very much afraid it will be the last.  


There are one or two words about the take off before we get underway we are making good progress across to the north side of the airfield now for our take off  ……….. a Concorde take off is just like any other take off except nosier and faster and more FUN ………..  


we use four engines with err reheat or after burners as the Americans call them at the back to add thrust err to the engines because once we get airborne and we raise the nose in to the air the huge delta wing adds a lot of drag initially at very low speed and we use a lot more power to over come that.


Now what that means is that the take off makes more noise and err you will certainly feel more acceleration than your use to, once we are airborne at 1 minute 16 seconds after air borne we will be switching off those afterburners and making our way out over Reading, climbing up to 26,000ft initially for the subsonic part of our cruise.


Subsonic or be it but we will be doing 100 mph faster than all those blunties and once we get over Bristol out over the sea air traffic control will give us clearance to accelerate to the supersonic part of the flight, once we are underway I will come back to you with a few more details about that side of things in the mean time I do hope you enjoy this unique aviation experience thank you very much.    



When we heard co pilot - James Bedforth saying

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Subsonic be it but we will be doing 100 mph faster than all those blunties


I laughed and cheered loudly, The plane continued to taxi slowly over to the North runway way 27R


On the flight deck

6.47pm

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James Bedforth

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Ground speed of Concorde one standard here.

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Heathrow ATC

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Speed 1 ………… thanks have a holding point of two seven Right.

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James Bedforth

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Half a degree.


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{ 30 Seconds later  }

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Heathrow ATC

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Speedbird one back track two three outer grating to monagrating five ….. bye, bye.

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Captain Mills

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       Speedbird one back tracking two three outer grating monagrating five.....bye