In August 2000 Concorde was grounded, many pessimists though permanently, but the work of hundreds of engineers and flight crews over the coming 15 months proved the pessimists wrong - This is the full story.
Chapter 1 - Grounded
As the BA001 flagship service taxies to the runway for departure she is called back, is this the end of Concorde.....
Chapter 2 -The Beginning of the Return
The airlines repatriate their fleet and mull over plans to put the aircraft back in service as soon as posisble
Chapter 3 - What to do Next
With no quick fix possible, the airlines reluctantly admit they are in for the long haul if they want Concorde back in passenger Service
Chapter 4 - The plan takes shape
After the brainstorming session the plan is approved and work is set to go on a set of measures that would hopefully see Concorde back in revenue service in 3-4 months
Chapter 5 - Testing Begins
To convince the Authorities of the robustness of the modifications, Concorde and many other systems must be tested and re-tested to show that what happened in Pairs could never happen again.
Chapter 6 - Behind schedule but looking positive
Everything is looking good but still a modified Concorde has not yet flown.
Chapter 7 - Time to go fly Concorde
With Concorde Alpha-Foxtrot Modified, British Airways and the manufacturers undertake two key verification
Chapter 8 - A long way still to go
With the verification flights completed the airlines have to pass the final hurdle, will the authorities re-certify the Aircraft
Chapter 9 - Re-certified, but the World Changes
13 months after the certification was removed it is returned to Concorde. Nothing looks to be able to stop Concorde bouncing back until the afternoon of Sept 11th 2001
Chapter 10 - Decisions to be made
With Concorde's main destination in turmoil and modifications continuing, the airlines has to correctly time the date when they would re-launch Concorde.
Chapter 11 - Dress rehearsals
For the first time in 14 months, Concorde returns to New York opening up the door for the imminent official re-launch
Chapter 12 - Back Where She Belongs
It had taken nearly 15 months, but Concorde was back in revenue service.