Issue Date: 24/10/2003
Issue Name: Concorde Final Flight New York to London Flown Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Dazzling cover and one of our all time greats. This tribute to Concorde was genuinely flown on her final transatlantic flight from New York to London. It features our choice of 1st class stamp along with a Heathrow, Hounslow postmark (24th October, 2003), and has been doubled with three 1969 Concorde stamps. It includes a 'flown on board the final flight New York - London' cachet and is available signed by Captain Mike Bannister.
The End of an Era - Concorde Supersonic flights ends in October 2003
Airbus Industries passed the death sentence on Concorde when they said they could not back up the maintenance of the Concorde fleet. Air France ended service dramatically on the 14th May and British Airways announced that the final passenger flight would be on October 24th. Concorde first flew on 2nd March 1969. The test pilot was the famous Brian Trubshaw. Britian issued three stamps to honour this historic event.
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Mike Bannister is an airline pilot. He is most famous as the Chief Pilot of British Airways' Concorde fleet, a post which he held from 1995 until its withdrawal from service in 2003.