I remembered today that Concorde's last passenger flight is on Friday October 24
, and as I work only a mile from Heathrow Airport I'm ideally placed to walk down to watch the last three flights land. That is, I would have been ideally placed if I hadn't, through spectacularly bad planning, booked that day off to go to Edinburgh for the weekend. All is not lost though, as there is a Concorde flight taking off from Edinburgh
at 1420 on Friday, so I'm going to try and be there in time to see it.
I still think it's scandalous that there are no plans to keep one flying for airshows and special events
. It is the only plane of it's class, and is part of aviation history. I can't decide who is to blame for this - British Airways
, who are giving the planes to museums, or Airbus
, who say they won't maintain it beyond October 2003. It's probably a combination of the two - obviously neither Airbus Chief Executive Noel Forgeard or Rod Eddington, CEO of British Airways can see past the bottom line. Whatever the reason, it is a great shame.