ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

17 May 2011

The Passing of Concorde

Ted Dunford (L) with speaker Terence Henderson

The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association at Fairoaks Aerodrome was retired British Airways captain, Terence Henderson, who recounted, in most riveting fashion, his experiences commanding the supersonic Concorde.

Capt Henderson's mentor when he first joined the airline many years ago was veteran ACA member Ted Dunford DFC and both were delighted to be reunited for the evening.  Ted and his fellow members listened with great interest as the story of Concorde unfolded with the emphasis placed on the reasons for the tragic Air France crash in Paris in 2000 and the measures taken to prevent a recurrence.

The audience joined the speaker in the feeling of regret that Concorde was taken out of service in 2003, so soon after flights had recommenced following the incorporation of modifications that should have ensured an extended life for this unique aircraft.


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