Ten years ago today the supersonic airliner Concorde made its final commercial flight when G-BOAG on flight BA002 from New York landed on runway 27 right at Heathrow with Captain Mike Bannister at the helm.
I had parked my car in the nearby village of Stanwell and cycled around the perimeter road to join thousands of others to witness the end of an era. Growing up on the Heathrow flightpath the Concordes were a familiar but never boring sight each day with a noise like no other airliner.
Two other Concorde aircraft were also in the air that day, G-BOAE had flown to Edinburgh and G-BOAF carried former Concorde pilots over the Bay of Biscay for a final ‘thrash’. The 3 aircraft landed at Heathrow in succession after G-BOAF had ‘buzzed the tower’ with G-BOAG on ‘Speedbird Concorde 2’ being the last to land bringing commercial supersonic air travel to an end.