|BCON009||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Barbados, unsigned||
|BCON009S4||30 Years Since Concordes First Flight to Barbados, signed by David Leney and David Rowland||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCON009S||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Barbados, signed by Captain Mike Bannister||
|BCON009S2||30 Years Since Concordes First Flight to Barbados, signed Terence Henderson & Les Evans||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BCON009S3||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Barbados, signed by Viv Gunton and John Tye||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BCON009SET||30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Barbados, set of 3 unsigned covers||£60.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 02/11/2007
Issue Name: 30 Years Since Concorde's First Flight to Barbados
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We produced a series of 5 covers to mark the 30th Anniversary of Concorde's maiden flights. This is the 5th cover in the series, commemorating the first Concorde passenger flight to Barbados. This fabulous cover has both a stamp and label from our third and final Concorde stamp sheet. A limited number were signed by ex Head of Concorde, Captain Mike Bannister. It is also available double signed by Captain Terence Henderson and Captain Les Evans, signed by Captain David Leney and Captain David Rowland, or double signed by Captain Viv Gunton and Captain John Tye.
Concorde first flew on test flights in 1969, but it was not until 5th December 1975 that she received her British Certificate of Airworthiness. There were still many obstacles to overcome, not the least of which was that the House of Representatives in Washington voted by 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.
There was a breakthrough on the 4th February 1976, when William Coleman, US Secretary of Transportation approved both companies to operate two Concorde services each per day to New York and one service each per day to Washington for a trial period of 16 months. On the 13th February, the second British Airways Concorde G-BOAC (204) was delivered, but there was another blow to come. On 11th March, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey banned Concorde from landing at its airports.
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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.
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.