11.30am 26th November
2003 from the Pink Elephant Car Park, Heathrow North Side
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departs Heathrow for the last time
On 26th November 2003, G-BOAF, the last
Concorde to be built, was also the sole remaining Concorde able
to fly. So on this day she flew back to her home at Filton, Bristol,
the city in which she was constructed in 1978/9.
Her first flight had been on 20th April
1979 from Filton, England. British Airways took delivery on 9th
June 1980. G-BOAF had been one of several Concordes that remained
unsold up to that time.
As G-BOAF departed for the last time fire
tenders provided a water canon arch once more as they had for
the arrival of the last three commercial flights on October 24th.
There was also a touching message from an American Airlines 777
as she taxied past to line up. "Concorde, you are beautiful."
he said simply. There were also touching words between Concorde
and Tower as she was finally cleared for take-off.
There was a mass turn out around the airport.
The dual carriageway (A3044) from Staines to Colnbrook being
solid with parked vehicles for several hundred yards, including
the central reservation.
Although Concorde G-BOAF was the last to fly out from Heathrow,
two Concordes remained on the ground, G-BOAA and G-BOAB, but
neither would ever fly again. G-BOAA was partially dismantled
and taken by road and sea to Edinburgh, Scotland in the spring
G-BOAB remains at Heathrow. Originally
planned to be the centrepiece of the new Terminal Five, the latest
plans for the aircraft are uncertain.