From 1993 to 2003, Andreas Spaeth flew on Concorde eight times. In this extract from his new book, he shares a unique insight into the supersonic airliner with this personal account of a journey that took place not long before the type’s retirement
A British Airways Concorde takes off from Heathrow on November 7, 2001
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Hello and welcome to London/Heathrow.Flight BA001 is due to depart at 1030hrs GMT to cross the North Atlantic to New York/JFK, covering a distance of 3,150nm. The scheduled block time for Concorde on this route is four hours, with arrival in the Big Apple (five hours behind the UK) set as 0930hrs EST. Put simply, that is why this marvel of engineering is nicknamed ‘the time machine’.