Trip Report



Peter Carrigan - Engineering Officer, me and James Bedforth - Co-Pilot

Wished I could have stayed there for longer but it was suddenly all over ………  I thanked all the pilots for their time in seeing me and in a wonderful flight, I shook hands with them and then sadly walked out of the flight deck of my Concorde – G-BOAD forever.


My Concorde flight was finally over but it was the best and happiest time of my entire life :-)


On my way out I looked at my watch and thought

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Oh oh Sparky must be waiting for me.


As left G-BOAD for the very last time I thanked the stewardess for a brilliant flight but apart from Martine Bell I didn’t know who the other stewardesses where.


Then I walked through her door way and left her forever…..I loved her with all my heart and soul and as I walked past her door I patted G-BOAD’s door to say one last good bye to her……I took one last loving look at her and then walked a way from her with  my heart full of sadness that my flight was really over and I knew I’d never fly on G-BOAD let alone on any other Concorde again…....I was also sad as I knew by the end of the week G-BOAD and her sister Concordes would never carry passengers and would soon be grounded for life….There where a lot of emotions to deal with at the same time…..


Despite this bit of sadness overall I was on cloud 9….. The flight was the  most exciting, the most thrilling and the most most happiest experience of  my whole life and I’d finally “lived the dream”..… :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Visiting the Flight Deck


On the Flight Deck

When I got in to the flight deck I shook hands with all my pilots, I met 3 pilots Peter Carrigan (Engineering Officer), James Bedforth (co pilot & Senior Flight Officer) and Robert Woodcock (Engineering Officer)


I thanked them all for a brilliant flight, I mentioned to them how this flight was a dream come true, how I had been chasing Concorde at Heathrow for 27 years, never expected to fly on her and how my friends on Concorde SST had made the dream real.


James happily said

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Are you Jet ?


I nervously, shyly and with giggles replied

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How do you know ?


and I started laughing.


James happily said

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I saw you on ConcordeSST ……


I thought :-  ……. doh he must know how I feel about Airbus and we all cracked up laughing.


I was very flattered that James had recognised me and I knew I must be famous for the co-pilot of my flight to recognise me out of the other 91 passengers aboard our flight, I was really flattered by this.


We all chatted for a while (and it was wonderful), I took a few photos of the crew and with my camera Robert took the photos you see

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The dials and switches show the settings G-BOAD had after we landed and  parked at JFK.


James Bedforth  -  Co-Pilot. Robert Woodcock -  Engineering Officer

Peter Carrigan

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Engineering Officer