- 23th July: British Airways Tempoarily Grounds G-BOAE due to cracks being discovered in non-critical areas of the wings
- 25th July: Air France Concorde F-BTSC crashes in Paris, due to Engine failure after a tyre burst, with the loss of 109 people on board and 4 on
- 26th July: British Airways re-start Concorde flights after the previous days accident
- 15th August: British Airways withdraw Concorde services after hearing that the Certificate of Airworthiness is to be withdrawn on the following day. G-BOAC was taxing to the runway at Heathrow for take off to New York , when the news was passed to British Airways from the UK Civil Aviation Authority that the Certificate of Airworthiness was to be officially removed from the aircraft the following day. On hearing this news BA management ordered G-BOAC retuned to the stand and Concorde services were suspended.
- 16th August: CAA and DGAC offically withdraw Concorde's Certificate of Airworthiness
- 31st August: French investigators (BEA) publish their first report into crash officialy suggesting a tyre bust was at the heart of the accident.
- September 7th An Anglo french working Group meets for first time to look at ways of returning Concorde to service
- September 21st Air France fly home Concorde F-BVFC from New York, where it had been in Storage since Air France grounded their fleet after the accident.
- December 12th French investigators (BEA) publish their 2nd report into crash confirming a burst tyre casued a fuel tank to rupture from the inside outwards when it was hit by debris. The Tyre was possibly punctured by a titanium strip that had fallen from a Continental Airlines DC10 after a bad repair to an engine.
- December 15th Anglo french working group give go-ahead for modifications to start to return Concorde to service.
- Jan 2001: British Airways begin Modifictions on Concorde G-BOAF that they hope will enable them to return the aircraft to service. These include fitting of kevlar-rubber liners to the fuel tanks.
- 26th Jan: Air France fly Concorde F-BVFB to Istres in the South of France to run tests to help understand the accident.
- 3rd Feb: Air France Concorde F-BVFB flies back to Paris on Completion of tests.
- 11th April: Air France fly Concorde F-BTSD on a test flight in and out of CDG , Paris, after is D check completion
- 17th April: F-BTSD is flown to Istres for tests on newly developed Michelin tyres that would offer greater strength should they run over a sharp foreign object on the runway.
- 5th May: F-BTSD returns to Paris' Orly airport to visit the paint shop after the completion of the tyre tests.
- 30th May: F-BTSD flies back to its base at CDG after being given a fresh coat of paint.
- 7th June: Michelin announce that the tyres that were tested at Istres will be fitted to Concorde when it returns to service
- 19th June: British Airways complete modifications of Concorde G-BOAF
- 20th June: G-BOAE moves into the main Concode hanger at Heathrow to start its Modification programme
- 4th July: G-BOAF Performs a taxi test around Heathrow in preparation for a verification flight
- 17th July: British Airways perform a Supersonic verification flight with Concorde G-BOAF. It is fitted with new tyres, Fuel tank liners and additional electrical shielding. The flight takes 3 hrs 20 mins and lands safely at RAF Brize Norton. The fight proves to be sucessfully and the aircraft handles as expected with the modifications giving no un-expected effects.
- 20th July: G-BOAF follows a similar supersonic verification flight from RAF Brize Notron to Heathrow. This results of this flight provide similr rsult to the foirst verification flight paving the way forthe airlines to re-apply for Concorde's certificate of airworthiness
- 23th July: BEA publish new report further confirming their findings and states that they nearly fully understand everything that went on during the accident. The working group meets on the same day and says that they will submit to the authorities their case for re-instatement of the CofA on August 15th 2001.
- 25th July: Memorial services are held in Paris and the Gonesse crash site to mark the 1st anniversary of the accident. Many relatives of those killed along with Air France staff and locals attend.
- 16th August: Concorde's manufacturers submit information to Aviation authorites in UK and France to apply for re-certification of aircraft that have been through the modification programme
- 24th August: Air France fly their first modified Concorde F-BVFB on a supersonic verification flight. It reaches a top speed of just over Mach1
- 27th August: Air France fly Concorde F-BVFB on another on a supersonic verification flight where it reaches Concorde's normal cruising speed of around Mach 2.0 druring the three and an half hour flight
- 5th September: Certificate of Airworthiness is returned to modified Concordes by the British CAA and French DGAC, who issued a set of airworthiness directives that when carried out will lead to the certificates of airworthiness being retuned individually to the 12 remaining Concordes.
- 11th September: Concorde 216 (G-BOAF) completes first Operational Assessment flight and was the first Concorde aircraft to carry pasengers since being given back its Certificate of Airworthiness
- 28th September: Concorde 212 (G-BOAE) completes a 3hour supersonic verification flight after the competion of its modification programme.
- 5th October: Concorde 216 (G-BOAF) completes second Operational Assessment flight . The flight was a 3hr 30min trip in and out of Hearthrow towards the Bay of Biscay.
- 16th October: Concorde Tickets go on sale after is is announced that services will re-start on Noverber 7th 2001. Ticket sales go very well with some flights sold out in a matter of days.
- 15th October: Concorde 207 (F-BVFB) completes first, mainly subsonic, verification flight from Paris after the modification work is completed. A few days later the aircraft flies at Mach 2.0 during a second flight
- 19th October: Concorde 214 (G-BOAG) is the third British Airwasy Concorde to fly after the completion of her modifications
- 22nd October: British Airways Concorde, G-BOAF, Completes final operational assessment flight to New York and back. This is the first flight to New York since the British and French fleets were grounded after the accident in Paris in 2000 and paves the way for the resumption of full passenger services.
- 29nd October: Air France Concorde, F-BVFB, Completes and operational assessment flight to New York and back. This is the first Air France flight to depart to New York the accident the previous year.
- 7th Nov: Air France and British Airways re-start Concorde services to New York.
Air France Concorde F-BTSD, as Flight AF002, departs Paris CDG at 10:30 Paris time arriving at New York at 8:20 EST
British Airways Concorde G-BOAE departs Heathrow Terminal 4, as BA001, at 10:30 UK local time and it similarly arrives in New York at 9:10 EST.
Later the same day British Prime Minister Tony Blair flies to Washington DC on board Concorde G-BOAF to meet the US president George W. Bush.
- 1st December: British Airways re-start the Saturday only, BA273/4, services to Barbados. These services have become a regular part of the BA winter timetable since they were introduced in 1987. Concorde G-BOAF flies the re-launch service.
- 19st December: British Airways offer for return Concorde seats for £2002 to celebrate the New Year 2002 sells out in 3 minutes.
- 12th Jan 2002: The French accident investigators, The BEA, Publish their final report into the July 2000 accident. The investigators concluded that a tire burst on Concorde F-BTSC after running over the debris on the runway. The explosion sent rubber pieces hurtling toward fuel tanks, causing a fuel leak and fire that brought the plane down. Several criticisms were made of shortcomings at Air France and in their operating procedures.
- 29th Jan 2002: Concorde 210 (G-BOAD) completes a 3hour supersonic verification flight after the competion of its modification programme.
- 10th Feb 2002: British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, after a final check flight on Feb 8th, flies the BA001 service from Heathrow to New York.
- 1st April 2002: British Airways, now with 4 serviceable aircraft, decide that they can overnight an aircraft in New York to allow an earlier and more popular departure time for the BA002. The BA002 now arrives in London at 17:25 rather than 21:00.
- 13th April 2002: After a successful summer re-launch season, the Saturday Barbados flights come to an end. The final BA273/2 flight for the season was flown by Concorde G-BOAG.
- 20th April 2002: With no Barbados flights being required, BA re-start the Saturday BA001/2 services between London and New York.
- May 2002: Air France begin work on F-BVFF's 12,000 hr, 18 month Major check. This is 13th and last of the production Concordes to go through this check. Only F-BVFD did not go through the check as it was retired afer only flying 5,821 hrs
- 4th June 2002: British Airways Concorde G-BOAD flies in formation with the RAF Red Arrows to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
- 11th July 2002: BA Concorde G-BOAC Back in the air after 23 months on the ground. 'Alpha Charlie' was the 5th BA aircaft to be modifedand was the aircraft that was taxing to the runway at Heathrow for take off to New York on August 15th 2000, when the news wascame through that the Certificate of Airworthiness was to be withdrawn from the aircraft the following day.
- 23th July 2002: G-BOAC files the BA001/2 return service to New York that signifies its return to passegner service. This aircaft had completed a 2nd airtest on the 16th of June.
- 25th August 2002: Duxford celebrates 25th anniversary of the arrival
of Concorde G-AXDN, with a special anniversary reunion where people who had
been involved in the aircraft over its life span both as a development aircraft
a museum piece could come together. Many of the flight test crews were present.
- 22nd November 2002: British Airways and Air France quietly celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the start of services to New York by Concorde.
- 27th November 2002: En route to New York British Airways concorde
G-BOAE suffers the airlines 5th rudder failure. Again one of the new lower
rudders that were put on the fleet in the early 90s failed. Many suspect
a flaw in the new design as the rudder had been check only a few flights
- 18th Feb 2003: Air France Concorde F-BTSD diverts to Halifax,
Nova Scotia. A fuel leak in the No3 engine causes it to be shut
down, with the captain subsequently declaring an emergency and diverting
to Halifax. The aircraft reportedly lands with only the minimum level
- 25th Feb 2003: An Air France Concorde suffers its first
rudder delamination FAA inspectors found that a 1 1/2-foot (50-centimeter)
part of the lower rudder's bottom wedge and a 4-foot (1.3-meter)
piece of the lower rudders upper wedge were missing on F-BVFA.The
hours on this rudder matched the same time frame when BA started
to experience failures in the late1980's
- 2nd March 2003: Sir George Edward Dies, Aged 94. Sir George
was one of the Key players in the Concorde project and as chairman
of the UK manufacturer, BAC, he was the first person who was not
a member of the flight test crews to fly on board the aircraft in
- 10th April 2003: British Airways and Air France make a simultaneous
announcement that Concorde will make its last flight scheduled passenger
flight at the end of October,
ending nearly 30 years of supersonic travel.
British Airways said that its decision had been made for commercial
reasons with passenger revenue falling steadily against a backdrop
of rising maintenance costs for the aircraft. Air France later say
they will stop on May31st.
- 11th April 2003: Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson
announces that his airline was interested in buying British Airways'
Concorde fleet for just £1 per aircraft
Branson, said in a statement he would
be asking BA for the full operation figures for its fleet of seven
Concorde to see if he could keep the aircraft airborne at a
profit, with their greater marketing skills and lower cost base.
- 31st May 2003: Air France conclude Concorde passenger services
with a the AF001 flight form New York (F-BTSD), and a round the Bay
of Biscay Charter(F-BVFB)
- 12th June 2003: Concorde 205 (F-BVFA) makes its final flight
into the Smithsonian's newAir and Space museum at Washington Dulles
- 14th June 2003: Air France Concorde F-BTSD (213) is retired
to the Air and Space museum at Le Bourget
- 24th June 2003: Concorde 207 (F-BVFB) landes for the final
time at Karlsruhe-Baden–Baden Airpark, in South West Germany,
on its way to the Auto & Technik Museum, Sinsheim.
- 27th June 2003: Air France conclude Concorde operations
when F-BVFC (209) is retired to the Airbus plant at Toulouse, where
the French aircraft were constructed.
- 21st July 2003: After a 2 day journey by river barge and
road, through south west Germany, Air France Concorde F-BVFB, reaches
its final resting place at the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum.
- 26th July 2003: BA Concorde G-BOAD kicks off the final
ever summer Barbados season. On returning the Heathrow the aircraft
crew issue a PAN and then a Mayday after running low on fuel due
to a go-around and bad weather.
- 30th Aug 2003: Capt Les Brodie commands Concorde G-BOAC
as it leave Barbaods, with BA completing the final ever scheduled
supersonic service to the
island. Alpha-Charlie was the first Concorde to visit the island,
in 1977, to pick up the Queen at the end of her Jubilee
- 1st October 2003: G-BOAG visited Toronto at the start
of the mini North American cities farewell tour.
- 8th October 2003: Concorde G-BOAD, flyinga s BA97 visits
- 14thOctober 2003: G-BOAG wraped up the US tour with a visit
to Washington Dulles , the aircraft would fly back on the 15th, after
positioning to New York, as the final ever BA004 flown by Concorde
- 20th October 2003: UK farewll tour starts with G-BOAC visiting
Birmingham, returning the LHR that evening
- 21st October 2003: G-BOAC heads to Belfast for one final
- 22nd October 2003: Manchester is next on the itinery for
the UK farewell tour, with G-BOAG being flown by Capt Adrian Thompson
and SFO Mark Jealous
- 23rd October 2003: G-BOAC is back on tour duties flying
a day retunr to Cardiff
- 24th October 2004: Concorde fional day in Commercial service
- G-BOAE with Capt Andy Baillie and Capt Les Brodie
flies a return flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh
- G-BOAF Flown by Capt Paul Douglas, flies Concore's final round
the bay trip in and out of Heathrow
- G-BOAG operates the final BA002, with chief Concorde pilot
Mike Bannister and SFO Jonathan Napier at the helm
- The aircraft land one after the other at Hathrow shortly after
4pm - G-BOAE first followed by G-BOAF and G-BOAG.
- 30th October 2003: BA announce the final destiantions of
their now retired Concorde fleet.
- 31st October 2003: G-BOAC is retired to Manchester Airport,
in an uneventfull subsonic hop that takes less than 20 minutes
- 3rd November 2003: G-BOAG heads to New York, en-route to
- 5th November 2003: G-BOAG is retired to Museum of flight
in Seattle after a record breaking flight fron New York, flown
supersonically over Northern Canada
- 10th November 2003: G-BOAD Flies from Heathrow to New York,
from where she will be barged to the Intrepid museum on the Hudson
- 17th November 2003: G-BOAE heads out to Barbados (WHY!!!)
- 26th November 2003: Final ever Flight of Concorde : G-BOAF
departed from Heathrow shortly after 11am, heading round the Bay
of Biscay for one final time. Alpha-Foxtrot flies over Bristol before
returning to place place of her birth, Filton Airfileld, landing
at 1pm under the command of Capt Les Brodie. The last Concorde build
and the last to fly is also the final Concorde ever to fly.
To be continued.................................. The story will never