27.Nov .2020 14:00

17 Years Ago The Last Concorde Built Flew To Retirement

17 Years Ago The Last Concorde Built Flew To Retirement
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The very last Concorde to roll off the production line took its final flight 17 years ago today. Not only was this the last flight of G-BOAF, it was also the very last time a Concorde would take to the skies.
On November 26th, 2003, crowds gathered in two parts of the UK to witness the end of a chapter of aviation. G-BOAF was gearing up to depart from London’s Heathrow Airport one last time. It was not only to be the retirement flight for Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde off the production line; it was also the final time the world would ever see any Concorde in flight.
Alpha Foxtrot left Heathrow at 11:30 in the morning. It made a last, short supersonic flight, with around 100 British Airways staff onboard. The aircraft headed out over the Bay of Biscay before descending towards Bristol. Here, she performed a lap of honor over the city and neighboring districts, including over the airfield and Clifton Suspension Bridge, much to the delight of the crowds below.

She touched down at Filton just after 13:00, where Prince Andrew was waiting to say his goodbyes. G-BOAF had completed 18,257 flight hours in her 23-year lifespan. After all that time, she’d returned to the place where it all started, ending the dream of supersonic travel.

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