|BC326AS||Air Displays - Red Arrows and Concorde Alternative Cover, signed by Peter Baker||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BC326AS2||Air Displays - Red Arrows and Concorde Alternative Cover, signed Mike Bannister||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BC326SP||Air Displays - Red Arrows and Concorde Alternative Cover, signed Bannister, Lowe & Leney||£75.00||Buy Now|
|BC326A||Air Displays - Red Arrows and Concorde Alternative Cover, unsigned||£25.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 17/07/2008
Issue Name: Air Displays - Red Arrows and Concorde Alternative Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This outstanding first day cover celebrates 100 years of flying at Farnborough, the ultimate air show. It stars icons of the skies: Concorde and the Red Arrows, and has a full set of Air Show stamps from 17th July 2008, along with a Heathow, Hounslow, Middllesex postmark. The breathtaking image and fabulous postmark design make this cover one of our most enduring yet. It's appeal is huge. Both Concorde collectors and first day cover collectors want this one. A limited number have been signed by Concorde pilots, Peter Baker, or Mike Bannister. We also offered a real gem of a cover: a multi-signed edition, autographed by not one, not two, but the three Concorde Captains who flew in formation with the Red Arrows!
Concorde first flew on test flights in 1969, but it was not until the 5th December 1975 that she received her British Certificate of airworthiness. There were many obstacles to overcome, not least of which was that the House of Representatives in Washington voted 199 to 198 to put a six month ban on Concorde landing in the USA. British Airways and Air France had planned six flights a day to New York and Washington so this was a huge blow.
Air France took delivery of their first Concorde F-BVFA (205) on the 19th December 1975 and on the 14th January 1976, British Airways took delivery of their first Concorde G-BOAA (206). Everything was ready to start services although flights to the USA were not allowed. On the 21st January 1976 both companies started their first passenger flights, British Airways on the London to Bahrain route and Air France flew Paris to Rio via Dakar.
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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.
Jock Lowe is a distinguished former senior Concorde pilot and Director of Flight Operations for British Airways. He was elected as Master of the Guild of Air Pilots.
David Leney took a commercial Pilots course at Air Service Training at Hamble. He then joined BOAC, the predecessor to British Airways. He was a co-pilot on Britannias and VC10 attaining his command on VC10's in 1971.
Captain Peter P Baker was a Concorde test pilot.