20 years ago today, Concorde operated it’s final flight into Filton, near Bristol. AviationSource was at Aerospace Bristol today for their anniversary event.
It was a very poignant event today, remembering Concorde, and meeting some incredible people involved in the project throughout today.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
What Happened Today at Aerospace Bristol?
To commemorate 20 years since the final Concorde flight, Aerospace Bristol did two celebratory nose drops, at 11:30am and then at 1:07pm, when G-BOAF landed into Filton for the last time on November 26, 2003.
The first nose drop was presented by a volunteer at Aerospace Bristol, who explained the process behind this unique feature of Concorde.
From there, management onboard the aircraft initially drooped the nose five degrees downwards which was the setting used for taxi, takeoff and flight below 250 knots indicated airspeed.
After that, the team drooped the nose to the 12 and a half degree setting, which is used for landing so then pilots could see where they were going on approach.
The second nose droop, which did the exact same as the first session, was a little bit more special.
Initiated at 1:07pm, which was the time that Concorde landed into Filton, six miles north of Bristol, the nose drop was done again, this time by Colin Morris.
Mr. Morris was the longest serving Concorde captain, working for British Airways.
An Unforgettable Memory…
Throughout today’s proceedings, we spoke to many people who lived in the local area, or were involved in the production of Concorde itself, or used to fly it.
They said that today was an unforgettable moment, and that they have a lot of pride and happiness that G-BOAF has been preserved as well as it has in Bristol.
The aircraft was moved into the newly built hangar back in early 2017, when it was later opened to the public following the completion of the museum that has other historical aircraft there.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Aerospace Bristol museum today to watch this legendary occasion, and the feeling amongst the crowd was one of intrigue, interest, and mesmerisation.
For now, we can look back at this milestone remembering what an incredible aircraft Concorde was as well as what it did for the local community in the area, as well as around the world too.
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