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

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

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

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This non-fiction account of Concorde (and Mike Bannister’s life story too, which is just as impressive and interesting) is, in a word, fascinating. Then tragedy struck on July 25, 2000, when Air France Flight 4590 taking off from Charles De Gaulle airport caught fire and crashed. But the brilliant cross-Channel avionic collaboration first forged in 1962 was tested to the limit when one of the French aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in Paris in 2000, killing 113 people. By the time he finished, he had risen to a management position that allowed some flying time and was well a huge part of the investigation into the Paris accident in 2000 which grounded the aircraft for over a year.

Another option would have been to sit there and burn fuel until they'd got their weight down to the performance-limited weight figure.From there he worked for a time in heavy industry and later on the design and construction of projects as diverse as lock-gate machinery, cranes, bridges, and hydraulic pumps. One of the few in that legendary aircraft's quarter-century of flight to fully understand both the plane's intricate engineering and what it took to fly her at supersonic speeds. The first UK-built Concorde flew from the British Aircraft Corporation's Filton factory in Bristol to RAF Fairford on April 9, 1969.

Extra baggage and 60 kilos of newspapers had also been loaded without the knowledge of the crew, which meant the aircraft was a ton-and-a-half over the maximum take-off weight.Sheffield City Trust is a registered company with registration number 2164600, charity registration number 700520, and VAT registration number 471029758. What could have been very technical was explained very accessibly and was built on throughout the book, making it an enjoyable and understandable read. And, having spent the best part of a decade in the Royal Air Force, I am also rather keen on aircraft.

Overall it was a fantastic book, about a one of a kind machine that hasn't been replicated since, written by someone that was actually there experiencing it and not just some historian presenting their evidence. He also tackles the investigation into the Paris accident, revival of Concorde and its eventual withdrawal from service. This also meant he could rise up the ranks being one of the early star pilots and getting a perspective from higher in the business.The author describes how because it was supersonic there were many things to flying Concorde that were quite different to conventional airliners. What is of somewhat shocking interest is the large volume devoted to the real story of the crash of Air France 4590.

His early counterparts are ex-bomber pilots who display exceptional handling skills, but would certainly struggle in the era of CVRs and FDM. His character shows through his book, one which to me embodies what I believe to be the perfect pilot; assured, fair and passionate about what he does but humble enough to admit his mistakes. The way Mike tells this part of the story is especially engaging, as he meticulously leads you through what happened, like peeling back the layers of an onion. To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Anglo-French treaty that marked Concorde’s inception, former Concorde Chief Pilot, Mike Bannister will publish a personal account of the most distinctive, iconic and awe-inspiring flying machine in history.The only downside was that I think that the Paris crash and its aftermath - though his revelations were surprising and different to what had been reported in the news - occupied too much of the book. The opportunity to fly the supersonic plane came when he was in his 20s and he was a fully qualified Concorde pilot while still in his twenties.



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