Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

Captain Leslie Scott


Together with Senior First Officer Tim Orchard and Senior Engineering Officer Rick Eades, Captain Leslie Scott made history on the 7th February 1996, when he flew Concorde G-BOAD from New York to London in a record-breaking 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. It is still the fastest ever transatlantic crossing by a commercial aircraft.

Captain Leslie Scott graduated from the School of Air Training, Oxford in 1968 and joined BOAC (British Airways) on the VC10. In 1975, a year after converting to the B747, he became a pilot instructor/examiner, a role he practiced on all subsequent aircraft types.

He gained his command in 1984 on the BAC 1-11 before moving back to the B747. 1994 saw him on Concorde, which he flew until retirement in 2002. On February 7, 1996 he was captain of the crew that set the world record time of 2:52.59 on the "blue ribbon" New York to London route. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He lives in New York, USA.