'Concorde Reunion' To Celebrate Oshkosh Milestone | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **
** Airborne 11.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.17.14 **
** Airborne 11.14.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.14.14 **

Wed, Feb 11, 2009

'Concorde Reunion' To Celebrate Oshkosh Milestone

AirVenture Programs Will Mark 40th Anniversary Of SST's First Flight

A handful of occurrences over the decades have helped establish EAA's annual AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in as the world's premiere annual general aviation event. Undeniably, one of those milestones occurred in 1985 when the British Airways Concorde supersonic transport (SST) made its first of five visits to Wittman Regional Airport.

That "happening" helped enhance the stature of "Oshkosh" in the eyes of the global aviation community.

This being the 40th anniversary year of Concorde's first flight, EAA will commemorate the aircraft's unforgettable Oshkosh appearances with a series of special programs and activities at AirVenture 2009, July 27-August 2. The Concorde Reunion will involve pilots and co-pilots from the airplane's five visits; cabin crew members; engineers, mechanics, and most importantly, attendees who took flights the sleek SST or simply witnessed her touching down and taking off on runway 18/36.

"Concorde is retired, but her legacy lives on - especially in the hearts and minds of Oshkosh attendees," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "We've invited members of the flight crews who participated in the Oshkosh experience to offer their perspectives on the airplane -- what it was like to fly it, and its participation at Oshkosh, which was a unique mission for the British Airways personnel."

Currently in the planning stages, a series of forums and presentations throughout the week will explore various aspects of the airplane, its unique mission, and events that led to its first grand appearance at Oshkosh. Also being planned are special events to bring together passengers and crewmembers from Concorde's Oshkosh flights, including a reunion photo shoot on AeroShell square and a special evening program at Theater in the Woods. More information will be announced as details are confirmed.

Captain Tony Yule, a Concorde co-pilot for British Airways, is coordinating the former Concorde crewmembers to appear at Oshkosh. "The idea is to have two captains, two co-pilots, two engineers, some cabin crew - allowing us to provide complete coverage for most any event we want to do here," he said.

Several key figures have already committed to appear, including the members of the flight crew in 1985: John Eames, Ian Smith, and Dave MacDonald. The captain of that first Oshkosh flight, John Cook, passed away in 2005.

FMI: www.airventure.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.19.14: FAA v Pirker Update, F-35C Night Traps, G650ER Delivers

Also: EAA’s Eric Fatla, Legend Cubs Honor Veterans, EAA Hall Of Fame, AAA Record Breakers, AMA Responds to AP Welcome to the first Airborne to be webcast in our Fourth year o>[...]

GAMA, NATA Among More Than 500 Signers Of Letters Urging Tax Credit Extension

Letters Sent To All Members Of Congress Press For Action In Lame-Duck Session GAMA and NATA were among 527 organizations signing letters to leaders in the U.S. House and Senate cal>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.14)

Montana Pilot's Association Montana Pilot's Association (MPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1939, comprised of nearly 700+ pilots, to serve the interests and needs of gen>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.14): Cold Air Damming (CAD)

The phenomenon in which a low-level cold air mass is trapped topographically. Often, this cold air is entrenched on the east side of mountainous terrain.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.20.14)

"While it is disappointing to see the third-quarter sales drop slightly compared to the first half of the year, the industry has experienced modest year-over-year growth in sales c>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC