Join the flightdeck and crew on a scheduled British Airways Concorde round trip from London Heathrow to New York's JFK airport. A unique and fascinating documentary made using 9 cameras on the world's fastest ever airliner.
This prestigious documentary programme on the world's fastest civil airliner, Concorde is presented by Captain David Rowland and Senior Flight Engineer Roger Bricknell who take you on a full guided tour of this incredible aircraft.
David and Roger start by introducing you to Concorde outside the main BA hangar at London Heathrow Airport. You will "meet" G-BOAF for a very detailed, close up and personal induction. You are taken around the outside of the aircraft to show you the many unique features that Concorde possesses. Roger gives you a detailed 'Walk Around' explaining what he is looking for during his inspection. David explains the nose and visor system which you see working.
You then fly a round trip from London Heathrow to New York's JFK airport. Both our supersonic flights take place on board G-BOAD. Alpha Delta was the airframe that achieved the fastest Atlantic crossing by any Concorde and occurred on February 7, 1996 taking only 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds!
During your two flights David and Roger guide you through the systems that enable this aircraft to fly at twice the speed of sound.
You are shown in detail the procedures required to achieve and cruise at 1350mph.
Join the crew for the flight briefing at JFK for our return trip to the UK and find out about the special takeoff procedure that is required from JFK's 31L runway.
Other topics covered include Checklist procedures; see where the aircraft expands in flight, fuel transfer and the effects of centre of gravity changes and many more details.
This programme was filmed using a total of 9 cameras to give you the best views of all phases of flight.
Crystal clear audio utilises the aircraft's audio system so you can hear both the crew and ATC!
This is without doubt the most detailed look at Concorde that has ever been produced and is going to be only way you will see how this magnificent aircraft was flown.
About Captain David Rowland
Captain David Rowland is married with two sons and lives in North Oxfordshire. After basic training he joined BA (BOAC) in 1969 and became a Co-Pilot/Navigator on VC10s. In 1976 he joined the Concorde fleet. In 1993 he became Commercial Manager Concorde, responsible to Regional General Manager, Americas for the Concorde business in British Airways, and later combined the operational and commercial management role as General Manager Concorde.
In total David has over 10,000 flying hours, most of which are supersonic. In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and is a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is a long term member of the Duxford Aviation Society, and in his spare time, enjoys going to the theatre, walking, reading, listening to music, playing golf and tennis (neither very well!).
Over 1.5 Million Supersonic Passengers
Concorde was the only supersonic passenger airliner in the world and British Airways was one of only two airlines operating this flagship of the worlds civil aviation fleet. A Over 1.5 million passengers have flown supersonically on board British Airways seven strong Concorde fleet since they entered commercial service on January 21st 1976. Cruising at 1,350mph, twice the speed of sound, a typical transatlantic crossing took less than three and a half hours.
Concorde flew above all the weather and her passenger cabin was pressurised to a more comfortable level than on subsonic aircraft, reducing flight fatigue still further. Since entering service, British Airways Concordes have operated some 40,000 flights. Concorde's fastest yet transatlantic crossing was on February 7th 1996, when she completed the New York to London flight in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds, over 40 minutes faster than schedule.
The small number of dedicated flight crews that flew this superb aircraft were drawn from the best and most experienced that British Airways had to offer and have more supersonic flight time than any of the pilots of the world's Air Forces!