4 NOVEMBER 2019
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The BA Concorde Fleet was handed a perfect excuse for celebrating the 16th anniversary of the last scheduled flight by the supersonic airliner last month when it was awarded the Brackley Memorial Trophy from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP).
The trophy is awarded to “an individual, a complete aircraft crew or an organisation, for an outstanding contribution to air transport or transport aircraft operations.”
The citation recalled how BA Concorde scheduled flight operations began on 21 January 1976 and lasted until 24 October 2003. The airline operated just under 50,000 supersonic flights and carried more than 2.5m passengers.
The citation continued: “This was an extraordinary achievement by flight and cabin crew, BA Concorde Engineering and BA Marketing and Sales staff … a product of continuing dedication and teamwork between these groups throughout the aircraft’s airline career.”
The recipients, on behalf on the fleet, were Captain John Tye, cabin services director Suzanne Gordon-Wilson and ground engineer John Dunlevy. All served on Concorde and are still with BA or recently retired.
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