G-BOAE. British Aircraft Corporation Concorde 102. c/n 212.


This aircraft was built by British Aircraft Corporation at the Filton, Bristol plant. It was entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BOAE (CofR G-BOAE/R1) on May 9, 1975 and registered to the British Aircraft Corporation.

It flew for the time from Filton on March 17, 1977.

Sold to British Airways on July 13, 1977 its registration holder was subsequently amended. It was officially handed over to the airline on July 20, 1977.

It was re-registered G-N94AE / N94AE to British Airways / Braniff Airways on January 5, 1979 to comply with American registration requirements for the operation of the aircraft across continental USA. Following the aircraft's arrival at New York / Washington DC from London, the aircraft was used by Braniff Airways to fly its Washington DC / New York - Dallas Fort Worth service and return.

G-BOAE flew in formation with the RAF Red Arrows to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament on July 1, 1999.

It was returned to its original registration of G-BOAE and registered to British Airways on July 1, 1980 when the joint operating arrangement with Braniff Airways for this aircraft was terminated.

G-BOAE's Certificate of Airworthiness was cancelled on August 15, 2000 as a result of the crash of the Air France Concorde at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris on July 25, 2000. This accident resulted in all Concordes being grounded.

This aircraft was fitted with the 'return to flight' modifications that had been mandated by the aircraft's manufacturer and the relevant airworthiness authorities.

The tyre manufacturer Michelin announced on June 7, 2001 that the tyres that were tested at Istres on the French Concorde F-BTSD would be fitted to all Concordes when they returned to service. On September 5, 2001 Certificates of Airworthiness were returned to modified Concordes by the British CAA and French DGAC. The CAA and DGAC announced that once each Concorde had been modified, its Certificates of Airworthiness would also be returned.

G-BOAE completed a 3 hour supersonic verification flight after the completion of the modifications. It then flew an operational assessment flight and became the first Concorde to carry passengers on September 11, 2001 having been awarded its Certificate of Airworthiness following the grounding of all Concordes.

Tickets for Concorde services that were scheduled to recommence on November 7, 2001 went on sale on October 16, 2001. Sales were high and some flights were sold out in a matter of days.

British Airways re-commenced Trans Atlantic flights to New York's (JFK) Airport on November 7, 2001. G-BOAE had the honour of operating the inaugural service when it departed London Heathrow's Terminal 4 as BA001 at 10.30 am and arrived at New York at 9.10 am EST.

With its operational life coming to an end, it operated a 'Farewell Flight' to Edinburgh, Scotland on October 24, 2003. The flight crew were Captains Les Brodie, Andy Baillie; Senior First Officer James Bedforth and Senior Enmgineering Officer Trevor Norcott. The aircraft departed London Heathrow at 10.36 am GMT and landed at Edinburgh at 12.00 noon GMT. The flight was operated at 60,000ft and the aircraft achieved a maximum speed of Mach 2. It returned to London Heathrow the same day, departing Edinburgh under the command of Captains Les Brodie and Chris Norris, Senior First Officer Paul Griffin and Senior Engineering Officer Trevor Norcott. The aircraft departed Edinburgh at 2.19 pm GMT and landed at London Heathrow at 4.03 pm GMT, having travelled at a maximum speed of Mach 2 at 60,000ft.

G-BOAE operated its last flight from London Heathrow as flight BA9095C, to Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados on November 17, 2003 where it has been preserved.

On retirement G-BOAE had flown a total of 23,376 hours with 8,383 cycles. It flew a total of 7,003 supersonic speed cycles.


G-N94AE. British Airways - in the original livery at an unknown airport, February 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-073.)

G-BOAE. British - in the revised livery at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport, June 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-032.)

G-BOAE. British - in the revised livery at London Heathrow Airport, October 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-048.)

G-BOAE. British - in the revised livery at London Heathrow Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-062.)

G-BOAE. British - in the revised livery at Miami Airport, October 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-069.)

G-BOAE. British Airways - in the new livery at London Heathrow Airport, August 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1926-070.)