Concorde - Last Flight Home
by Stephen Brown.
print size approx: 28” x 20” / 711mm x 508mm
26th November 2003 is a day few who saw this majestic aircraft on
her last flight will ever forget. On this memorable occasion thousands
of people watch from below as Concorde (G-BOAF) passes gracefully
over Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge en
route to her final destination just a few miles away at Filton,
Edition (400): £125 signed by the artist and Captain
Artist Proofs (45): £150 signed by Captain Les Brodie,
Pilot Captain Mike Bannister and Flight Engineer, Warren Hazlebury
Remarqued Edition (45): signed by Captain Les Brodie, Chief
Pilot Captain Mike Bannister and Flight Engineer,
Double Remarqued Edition (10): The same signatories
as on single remarques.
Please bear in mind the Double Remarques for “The Jubilee
Flight” sold out
in days. Please also allow four weeks for delivery of any Remarqued
Please see below for details of the signatories of this edition.
As with all our prints, this edition was signed in the presence
of Sean Whyte, owner and publisher of SWA Fine Art Limited
Stephen Brown is a self-taught artist who has specialised almost exclusively in aviation subjects for the last 15 years. Building on a background as a landscape and aviation photographer, his style carefully combines both these areas of interest. Stephen’s originals in oil are in much demand and have been regularly exhibited with the prestigious Guild of Aviation Artists. Demand for his originals is high with regular commissions being undertaken for commercial and private clients as well as the RAF.
Captain Les Brodie (Pilot) joined British Airways as a Trident co-pilot in 1973. He went on to fly 737s out of London Gatwick before joining the Concorde fleet in 1988 as co-pilot. Les became Simulator Instructor for Concorde in 1993 before gaining command on 777s in 1997. Les returned to Concorde as Flight Manager in June 1998 and remained in that position until the retirement of Concorde. Les carried out the last Concorde landing in G-BOAF at Filton on November 26, 2003.
Making up the full flight crew on this historic day, the Artist Proof and Remarque editions are also signed by:
Warren Hazelby (Flight Engineer) was born in Filton, near Bristol, England, on 17th February 1951. After his formal education, he joined British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in August 1967 as a ground engineer. In 1976 he was selected for Flight Engineer Training.
Since then, he has flown thousands of hours on Boeing 707 & 720 aircraft, Lockheed Tristar L1011, and the Boeing 747 (Jumbo). He was selected for Concorde and started the six-month training course in 2000. During his time on Concorde he flew the scheduled flights to New York and Barbados as well as the final flights to Barbados, New York and Filton where the aircraft will be exhibited in museums.
During his time with British Airways, Warren has also fulfilled a variety of management roles. In 1993 he became British Airways Chief Flight Engineer responsible for over 600 Flight Engineers. Since being trained onto Concorde, he has become Flight Manager Concorde and ran the Fleet on a daily basis with Captain Les Brodie.
Warren is married to Lorraine, and they have two teenage children, Hayley at Sussex University and Luke at RGS Guildford. Apart from aviation and his family, Warren’s interests include golf, skiing, gardening, and playing squash.
Captain Mike Bannister was until his retirement in 2004 General Manager, Airbus, Boeing 737/757/767 and Concorde Fleets British Airways. He was responsible for Flight Operations, technical performance, business performance and Flight Crew management together with developing and maintaining standards for flying crew on these fleets, which include the airline’s flagship supersonic fleet of seven Concorde aircraft. He was also the company’s Chief Concorde Pilot and was based at British Airways worldwide operational headquarters at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Mike joined BOAC (British Airways’ predecessor) in 1969 as a pilot and flight navigator on the VC10 (Vickers) Fleet. He became the youngest pilot on the Concorde fleet in 1977, completing the first ever course for ‘Line Flight Crew’. Over the following years Mike was a member of a number of government and industry policy groups dedicated to aviation safety and became a Concorde pilot instructor in 1986.
He was appointed the airline’s Chief Concorde Pilot in 1995 and until the suspension of the aircraft’s Certificates of Airworthiness, flew regularly as Captain on all of the aircraft’s routes worldwide. Concorde has visited a total of 251 destinations – 72 in the USA.
From July 2000 Mike was very actively involved in the corporate and industry efforts to achieve Concorde’s safe return to service in November 2001. In that role he liased closely with manufacturers, accident investigators, Governments and the Authorities as well as representing the company in a range of arenas. Additionally he developed and delivered the retraining of Concorde Flight Crew in preparation for Concorde flying duties following their temporary secondment to other types.
He was at the controls of British Airways’ Supersonic Flagship when she returned to service on November 7th 2001 and for all of the stunning “Air to Air” photographs and movies of Concorde that were used in supporting presentations.
His other Concorde “firsts” are too numerous to list, highlights include: landing the aircraft on inaugural visits to Oakland, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, Baltimore and Miami. He commanded the aircraft in June 1996 on the 50th Anniversary Fly Past of London Heathrow Airport, flying in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
What helped to make Concorde so Special?
Just a few amazing facts are:
- Concorde could travel at 23 miles a minute – one mile every 2.5 seconds.
- There were more US Astronauts than BA Concorde pilots.
- At Mach 2 Concorde flew faster than a speeding bullet.
- Concorde could fly faster than the earth rotated.
- At cruising height Concorde’s airframe would heat up and stretch 6 – 10 inches.
- In February 1996 Concorde made the fastest ever crossing of the Atlantic in just 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds