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Concorde: The thrilling account of history’s most extraordinary airliner

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A US project dubbed Boom Overture, which resembles Concorde, could be a contender. Still in the design phase, it aims to carry 80 passengers at Mach 1.7 - making it slower and smaller than Concorde. "I just hope they offer me a ride," adds Mike, smiling.

He does so by outlining the necessary technical terms in a manner, that is always to the point and enhances the narrative not only when explaining the ins and outs of the aircraft, but also when analyzing the minute details of the accident at Gonesse.


If you’re an aviation enthusiast, I’d recommend you read this book. The author creates a compelling narrative. I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author Mike Bannister. This book can almost be summarised into three parts: 1) Mike’s mini autobiography starting from his 7 year old self gazing up at the sky dreaming of becoming a pilot; 2) the manufacture and history of the British Airways Concorde and 3) the details of the sequence of events that led to the tragic Concorde Air France disaster on 25 July, 2000. But most of all, this book is a love letter from Mike Bannister to Concorde herself.

Bookings can be transferred, where sessions are available within 7 days of the original booking, only if more than 24 hours notice is given of the original booking taking place. An excellent read. For a change, I listened to the audiobook version, narrated flawlessly by Mike himself. Part celebration, part history, part detective story and part courtroom drama, it's almost as riveting as flying in Concorde itself - almost . . .

I was on Concorde for 22 years, so I felt I needed to capture the story of an incredible aeroplane," he says. I never got to fly in Concorde but have been in ones on the ground and watched it landing and taking off from Heathrow, with its distinctive drooped nose at such times to allow pilots to see the runway. Take the Brooklands Concorde Experience and see inside the world's most famous aircraft. Re-live the excitement of the supersonic age in this fascinating 25-minute tour, evoking emotional memories.

The definitive account of the rise and fall of the iconic Concorde plane from British Airways' former Chief Concorde Pilot As boss of the UK Concorde fleet, Mike was closely involved in trying to unravel what had happened in France. He discovered considerably more fuel had been pumped into the aircraft than there should have been and that one fuel tank had ruptured from within.Really good book. Just felt too much like an autobiography about the pilot, than it did a story about an amazing plane Loved and missed like no other aeroplane, Concorde is part celebration, part history, part detective story and part courtroom drama.

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