A personal look back to 20thOctober 2003 when flight BA9020 landed at Birmingham International Airport. The flight number itself may not have sparked much interest but when people realised it was Concorde travelling around the country on its farewell tour of the UK, thousands of spectators turned up to witness the momentous occasion. During its time in service, British Airways Concorde made just under 50,000 flights and carried more than 2.5m passengers. It had the most powerful jet engines flying commercially and they powered the aircraft to a take off speed of 220 knots and a cruising speed of 1350mph, more than twice the speed of sound.
I was lucky enough to get an airside pass to be on hand to capture images as Concorde made it’s approach, landed and then took off later in the day as well as pictures of the crew and band. I also had a vested interest, as my wife was a member of the cabin crew on the flight. She worked primarily on the London – New York and London – Barbados routes and I can still smell the fresh bagels brought back from a small New York deli that we used to have every week.