Mach 2 – yipeeeeeeeeeeee
In the Cabin
I would love to help you as I guess I know how much this flight means to you but my EOS 3 uses 8 AA batteries, your camera uses special EOS 3 camera battery which I simply don’t have on me.
However I’ll take 2 photos of you next to the mach meters at mach 2 and when I get home I will scan them in and e-mail you those photos.
John happily replied
Yes that’s fine.
If I had the spare battery I would have given it to him but I really didn’t have it on me as that was the same battery which was stolen from my camera bag (which I’d left open and left on one of G-BOAF’s seats during my Concorde hanger visit at Heathrow’s Concorde hangers on 20 Oct 2003).
I took 2 photos of him next to the mach meters at mach 2 and John took 2 photos of me next to the mach meters at mach 2, we exchanged e-mail addresses and I said I would write to him with his photos.
Before I went back to my seat I met Frank he was an American sitting in seat 11D next to the right hand mach meters.
Frank saw how enthusiastic and happy I was to be on Concorde and took a few photos of me near and next to the mach meters at mach 2 just in case the ones in my EOS 3 didn’t come out…….. We chatted for a bit before I realised the stewardesses wanted to pass me, Frank gave me his e-mail address then I made my way back to my seat.
Me at mach 2 (sanding next to the mach meters at mach 2)
I was relived that I had finally got a photo of me at mach 2 as I didn’t want to miss this once in a life tile moments.
I wanted to go back to my seat but the isle was blocked with stewardesses and their trolleys so again I went in to the centre bit of the plane and waited for them to pass then walked down to my seat sat down for 10 minutes and enjoyed the ride…….While I was sitting there I spoke to a few more people about my flight including a councillor from Guildford, Surrey with his permission I recorded him on video.
The councillor said
What did your wife think about the whole trip ?
I’m not married and I don’t have a girl friend but I really wished I did have a girl friend.
We chatted for a while and I explained to him how I got my flight and how I felt about Concorde, the councillor said
I am very happy for you ……. You have great friends who helped you get on here.
I loved Concorde as much as you, I cant let Concorde be retired as she is to good to be left in a museum.
We the “ tax payers “ have paid for her and at the time British Airways was given Concorde as British Airways was a owned by the government and tax payer so loosing Concorde is also a loss to the tax payer.
I fully agree you …….
Me and my friends (Peer) have tried our very best to save her by writing to various people in “power“ but this has all fallen on “ deaf “ ears as every one is umming and arrring saying what a bad thing it is that Concorde is going to be “ retired “.
But in the end these “men in power“ who can easily save her haven’t done a thing and their “nice words” are just that ………… just “words“ with no action behind them to save her.
The councillor said
I am determined to try and save her.
Good luck with the rest of the flight ……….
During the flight he passed a petition around the plane to get public support…….I signed the petition with my name and address and really hoped he could save her as he was some one “in power“ who actually wanted to keep her flying, it was great and very refreshing talking to him.