The Concorde was once the world’s fastest commercial airliner, flying at almost two times the speed of sound. But nearly 20 years ago, the plane disappeared from our skies. The last Chief Concorde Pilot, Mike Bannister, gives his account of the rise and fall of this incredible plane.
October 24th 2023 will mark 20 years since Concorde disappeared from our skies. Yet still Bannister faces the same questions. Why is she no longer flying; where is her replacement; and what really happened on that tragic afternoon in July 2000 when the crash of Flight 4590 grounded the Concorde forever? Bannister shares his personal account of what it takes to fly planes faster than the speed of sound, and of the events that lay behind 114 needless deaths – the 113 victims of the crash, and, ultimately, Concorde herself.
Interviewer Steve Ancsell