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18 April 2004

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Farewell Concorde Tour 2003

G-BOAG VISITS MANCHESTER AIRPORT [back to top]

Wednesday 22nd October 2003

  • Wednesday 22nd October 2003 at Manchester airport saw one of the worlds most famous and glamorous aircraft take to the skies of Manchester one last time before being retired by British Airways.

  • On its 204th and final in-service visit with British Airways, Concorde G-BOAG touched down from London Heathrow at midday on Runway 06L as BA9020C.

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Stuart Prince

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

(c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Stuart Prince (c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Lee Collins

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Tony Woof

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

(c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Lee Collins (c) Tony Woof (c) Lee Collins

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Phil Standring

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

(c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Phil Standring (c) Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Tony Woof

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

(c) Tony Woof (c) Allan Moir (c) Allan Moir (c) Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Paul Yates

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Dave Mark Luby

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

(c) Allan Moir (c) Paul Yates (c) Dave Mark Luby (c) Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: David Marshall

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Stuart Prince

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Jason Kent

(c) Lee Collins (c) David Marshall (c) Stuart Prince (c) Jason Kent

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG - the people in command [22/10/03] Photo: Stuart Prince

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Allan Moir

(c) Allan Moir (c) Allan Moir (c) Stuart Prince (c) Allan Moir

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Steve Grimshaw

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Stuart Prince

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lawrence Clift

(c) Steve Grimshaw (c) Stuart Prince (c) Lee Collins (c) Lawrence Clift

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Tony Woof

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Tony Woof

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Lawrence Clift

Concorde G-BOAG [22/10/03] Photo: Tony Silgrim

(c) Tony Woof (c) Tony Woof (c) Lawrence Clift (c) Tony Silgrim

From 12:00 until departure to London Heathrow as "Speedbird 9021C" at 16:30, Concorde parked on Taxiway Bravo in full view of the airport's Aviation Viewing Park, where an estimated 10,000 crowd had gathered from the start of a very cold day to catch a glimpse of 'Alpha Golf.

Type replacement?! ...

Concorde Captain Mark Jealous underwent a type conversion from Concorde to Flexwing(!) in his home county with the South Cheshire Microlight School at Arclid. John Bradbury, Chief Instructor at Arclid has recently been operating Pegasus Quik G-CBVN as a demonstrator and it was suggested that it would be a nice touch (and possibly a unique opportunity) for the World's fastest commercial aircraft and fastest flexwing to join up together.

  • Photos of Concorde taxiing past the Pegasus Quik at the time of departure were taken but not when the Quik arrived and taxied past Concorde. John Bradbury intends to build up a photographic record of the day and would like to get a good selection of joint shots of the Quik with Concorde. If anyone has access to any joint photos, or knows of anyone else who might have, please could you send them as 'jpegs' to John at enquires@cheshiremicrolights.co.uk

Microlight G-CBVN arrives at Manchester [22/10/03] Photo: Lee Collins

Visitors to the viewing park were also given the opportunity to see an exhibition by The Aviation Society charting the history of Concorde. The exhibition sited in the visitor centre at the facility tells the story of Concorde from its early days on the drawing board in the 1960s through its illustrious 27 years in service.

Each of the airliner's 203 previous visits to Manchester was covered along with key events in its supersonic life and all the technology that made it a world-beater.

The Aviation Society Concorde exhibition

Shortly after the 'final' visit of Concorde to Manchester, the airport received news that the bid to land on permanent display one of the seven British Airways Concorde was a success. Airport officials had submitted plans to BA earlier in 2003 with a view to acquiring one of the historic aircraft on loan after the fleet was retired.

On Wednesday 31st October 2003 Concorde G-BOAC touched down at Ringway for a new career in the public eye. Read on ..

PAST VISITS BY CONCORDE  [back to top]

  • Images from visits of Concorde to Manchester airport over the last decade

G-BOAA. British Airways Concorde. Photo: Stuart Prince G-BOAE. British Airways Concorde. Photo: Stuart Prince G-BOAG. British Airways Concorde. Photo: Stuart Prince
G-BOAA

(c) Stuart Prince

G-BOAE

(c) Stuart Prince

G-BOAG

(c) Stuart Prince

F-BVFB. Air France Concorde. Photo: Staurt Prince G-BOAD. British Airways Concorde. Photo: Lee Collins G-BOAF. British Airways Concorde. Photo: Alan Tsui

F-BVFB

Stuart Prince

G-BOAD

Lee Collins

G-BOAF

Alan Tsui

 

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