Trip Report



24th Oct 2003 – her last day


At Heathrow Airport - missed the 10am

But I pulled my self together and felt I still had 10 mins left before take off, if I got a bus in the next 2-3 mins I’d still get to the end of the north runway and see her take off.


As I was anxiously waiting for the bus I kept looking at my watch, I hoped, I really really really hoped that Concorde would be late (as some times she was 10-15 minutes late) but no such luck ……… as I waited for the bus I heard the loud sound of her engines in the distance slowly getting louder and louder.


I knew she was making her way to the north runway and was fairly close to the end of it........


My heart slowly started to sink with unhappiness ........... a few seconds later the tone of her engines suddenly went up to her take off sound, I quickly ran up to the foot bridge at Hatton cross to try and get a glimpse of her but I saw nothing......... All I heard was that massive glorious take off sound echoing around the east side of Heathrow Airport and Hatton Cross station.


Then I knew it was to late and knew I wouldn’t see her take off........  I was gutted as hell and heart broken........ As this was one less Concorde take off I would ever see and with Concorde not having much time to be alive this was one take off I could not afford to miss......... But it was to late and kak happens.............


As I stood on the foot bridge at Hatton Cross I heard her engine sound getting less and less and I knew she was making the take off run…… By now  the sound was getting low, she sounded like she was near the other end of the north runway  and close to leaving the ground at take off speed over the west (09L) side of the North runway.


I looked towards the direction of north runway to see if I could get a glimps of her flying but couldn’t see a thing.......... All the time and effort I had put in getting up very early , leaving home very early and getting to Heathrow early to see the 10am take off........... all that time and effort was completely wasted..............


One of my friends (Thalystgv) had better luck with trains and had got their on time to see the 10am take off., so not all was lost but on personal note for me it was lost....... But thats life......






The above is a video Thalystgv took

showing the 10am take off.

The 10am Concorde was the following

:-


Flight Details

• Aircraft ..............G-BOAE

• Flight number .... BA9020

• Passengers ........100

• Destination ....... Edinburgh - Scotland


• Pilots


•  Captain  ................................ Capt. Les Brodie

•  Co Pilot ................................ Capt. Andy Baillie

•  2nd Co Pilot ......................... SFO James Bedforth

•  Engineering Flight Officer ...... SEO Trevor Norcott

Looking at the list pilots who flew her, in one way I am linked to this flight as SFO James Bedforth was the co-pilot on my Concorde flight to New York, which happened 3 days earlier on 21 Oct 2003 on  G-BOAD.


At around 11.55am G-BOAE landed at Edinburgh Airport, the BBC where in scotland and filmed her landing live.

The above is a video of the landing.

Walking up East Church Road.

For a few mins I was devistated as I’d done my very best to get to Heathrow early (but yet again the trains had let me down............) with a sad heart I crossed the road and slowly  walked up East Church road and made my way  towards the Concorde crossing.


As I slowly walked up there I heard some one shouting

:-

Jet ……….. Jet …….. Jet……….

I stopped, looked round and saw Rainbow Warrior rapidly walking towards me in the distance with a pretty dark haired 20 some thing girl, it was brilliant to see my old friend and I happily  thought

:-


Rainbow you jammy Casanova…… You’ve pulled a pretty girl, good on you mate …… Has she got a pretty girl friend ?


As Rainbow got closer, he stopped and in a happy voice said

:-

Hi Jet this Nicole from the USA.


She’s the girl who’d been on ConcordeSST and said she was coming to the UK to see Concorde, we all said hi and slowly started to walk up Church Road.


Rainbow happily and warmly said

:-

Congratulations on your flight, how was it  ?


I happily replied

:-

       It was the happiest moment of my life and loved every single second of it.


Rainbow said

:-

I missed the 10am take off due to the poxy trains.


I glumly and sadly replied

:-


I missed it as well coz the Piccadilly line had delays and I just got to Hatton Cross before in the distance I heard the load roar of her engines and I knew I’d missed her 10am take off …….


I feel gutted at missing this but there isn’t much I can do about, but its great to see you


On our way up church road, we where expecting to see hundreds of people gathering to see Concorde, but Heathrow felt strangely “empty“ and relatively silent  like the calm before the storm.


As I walked up this part of East Church Road when I heard some one repeatedly calling my name.