View Full Version : Question about the Concorde
02-23-2004, 12:42 PM
I'm just curious to know of the Concorde ever flying at night. Was there a night sector flight between Paris-New York-Paris or London- New York-London? Did the Concorde ever take-off at night or land at knight? Thanks ahead of any inputs.
02-24-2004, 10:19 AM
From memory there was a 1900 departure LHR-JFK. In winter this would obviously be in the dark.
I remember taxying out one clear evening, just at dusk. A departing Concorde passed, and the blue shock waves in the reheat exhaust were spectacular.
02-24-2004, 01:52 PM
The last British Airways scheduled departure from Heathrow to New York was 1830BST, with a local departure time of 1845-1900. Through the month of October the last few weeks of commercial departures were conducted in the dark and, as Magdrop has commented, were very impressive!
One flight this year did cross the Atlantic overnight. British Airways encountered some technical faults with Alpha-Charlie one week and ran behind on schedules. Usually BA would have sent the passengers to London on a conventional airliner – though as most were flying Concorde purely for enjoyment purposes, this would have been a little unfair!
The flight departed JFK a little after 2200(EST) and arrived at London Heathrow around 0700(BST).
Before the Paris accident, BA also operated two evening flights between London and New York. The BA003 and BA004 services.
BA003 departed LHR at 1900 (between 1915-1930) and the BA004 departed JFK at 1430EST and arrived at LHR at 2225 local.
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