Specially Signed By Captain Mike Bannister Chief Concorde Pilot a post he held 1995 until 2003
Making its first flight on February 27, 1975, Filton-built Concorde G-BOAC (c/n 204) was initially used for Certificate of Airworthiness and airline route-proving trials, becoming the first aircraft ever to make four crossings of the Atlantic in one day, on September 1, 1975. “Alpha Charlie” became the second example of the iconic supersonic airliner to join the British Airways fleet in February 1976, and earned the distinction of being the first Concorde on a commercial service to land on US soil, at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport on May 24 the same year. After completing some 22,260 hours of flying for BA, including some 6,761 supersonic flights, G-BOAC was finally retired in October 2003, and is now on display at Manchester Airport’s Viewing Park in the UK.
This 1/100th-scale hand-carved model of “Alpha Charlie” in its take-off and taxying configuration — undercarriage down, “droop-nose” angled down 5° with visor retracted — has a span of 24·77cm and a length of 62·23cm, and is painted in British Airways’ distinctive “Chatham dockyard” livery, designed for BA by the Admiral’s Original Flag Loft in Chatham. Kent, introduced in June 1997. Based on the original flag used by Admiral Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the scheme incorporates a stylish red, white and blue interpretation of the Union Flag on the fin.