|BCON018SP||Concorde 5th Ann-Last Flight into Filton, signed Paul Douglas, Mike Bannister & Les Brodie||£55.00||Buy Now|
|BCON018||Concorde 5th Anniversary - The Last Flight into Filton, unsigned||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCON018S||Concorde 5th Anniversary - The Last Flight into Filton, signed by Captain Paul Douglas||£35.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 26/11/2008
Issue Name: Concorde 5th Anniversary - The Last Flight into Filton
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The British Airways Concorde's last flight was to Filton on 26th November 2003. This cover is postmarked on the 5th anniversary of this date in 2008. The cover carries a Union Jack stamp and Concorde label from our Queen of the Skies Concorde sheet, along with a Heathrow postmark (26th November, 2008), and has been doubled with three 1969 Concorde stamps and a 'Home to Filton' special cachet. It is available signed by Captain Paul Douglas, or triple signed by Captains Paul Douglas, Mike Bannister and Les Brodie.
This cover is the last of 5 covers released to commemorate the 5th anniversaries of Concorde's final flights.
Concorde comes home to Filton on 26th November 2003
We at Buckingham Covers were organising the official Airbus last flight covers in conjuction with British Airways, The last flights had been a nightmare. We had been to cargo at Heathrow so many times that the security staff waved us through. We thought those flights had been frightening but the November 26th proved to be the worst.
We had to deliver the covers on the 25th to Heathrow security to be taken on board Concorde. We went through the usual security arrangements, we drove the car into the secure pound, were checked then the second door opened. The staff were worried that the box would not make the flight as this was not a scheduled flight. The boss sent us off with the warning he would do his best, but he wouldn't be surprised if the envelopes were still in the warehouse in a week's time.
The next day we fought the traffic and waited with the VIPs until the historic moment when we saw the last ever landing. Mike Bannister made a fantastic speech, Les Brodie and Paul Douglas and the other joint Captains were in great demand from the press and The Duke of York added prestige but no covers were found.
We waited, frozen for hours, while Concorde was searched. Eventually a set of landing steps were brought and the last possible storage examined. After a few minutes one of our boxes was held up. Everything was fine! Concorde was home again and the historic envelopes had been flown.
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Captain Les Brodie trained at the College of Air Training, Hamble, in 1972 to become a commercial pilot with British Airways.
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.
Captain Paul Douglas joined BA in 1974 as a Trident co-pilot and became Concorde co-pilot in 1988. He was the last Concorde Captain to fly passengers to Washington.