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Captain Stephen Wand


Having spent his childhood years within earshot of Heathrow Airport, Steve was always attracted to a career in civil aviation.

Following graduation in 1963 from the U.K. College of Air Training at Hamble, near Southampton, he joined BEA, the forerunner of British Airways, as a copilot on the Vanguard fleet. Moves to the Trident and Comet preceded a conversion to the Viscount as a Captain in 1972.

An ambition to fly the Boeing 707 was fulfilled five years later, which provided valuable command experience on scheduled and charter flights worldwide, followed by periods flying the Boeing 737 and the L1011Tristar. The icing-on-the-cake of his career came with a “dream-move” onto the Concorde fleet in 1989, flying the supersonic flagship for nine years until his retirement from British Airways in 1998.

Throughout his flying career he specialised in pilot training, which ultimately led to four years as the Senior Training Captain Concorde, managing the training and checking of pilots and flight engineers on the fleet.

Since retirement, he has devoted much of his time to sailing, skiing, motorcycling and talking to people on cruise ships about the love of his life - Concorde! He and his wife, Pauline, live in Reigate, Surrey. Pauline is an ex-stewardess and their married daughter, Louise, is currently a long-haul stewardess with British Airways, married to a BA pilot, making them a “total aviation family”!