“Concorde - Second to None” by Stephen Brown

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Signed by a Concorde pilot, co-Pilot and Flight Engineer.
Edition size: 400 $145
25 Artist Proofs $180
25 Remarques $330

Having flown over Bristol, her birthplace, Concorde G-BOAC heads out over the Welsh coastline. Here, at 26,000 feet, the ‘inboard’ reheats are already lit while the ‘outboards’ have just been selected. A second nudge is sensed as the extra thrust accelerates Concorde towards the speed of sound – Mach 1 (about 675 mph). At Mach 1.7 the reheats are switched off; but the acceleration continues to Mach 2 while Concorde climbs towards 60,000 feet. Three and a half hours after departing London having consumed 80 tonnes of fuel – the same as a Boeing 747, but in less than half the time - Concorde will have arrived in New York.

The following Concorde flight deck crew have all signed copies of “Concorde – Second to None”.

David Leney (Pilot) joined B.O.A.C. in 1956, navigating Argonauts and Constellations, before becoming co-pilot on Britannia and V.C. 10 aircraft. His command on V.C. 10 came in 1971 and he first flew Concorde in 1977. He retired from B.A. as Captain and Flight Manager in 1989, becoming a co-pilot for two extra years. He achieved 5,000 hours on Concorde. A fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, he frequently gives Concorde lectures on the QE2.

John Lidiard (Flight Engineer) worked for BOAC/British Airways from 1954 – 1981. He was a Flight Engineer/Instructor/Examiner on the Constellation 749, Standard and Super VC10, the Boeing 747 and Concorde. John was involved with the development of Concorde from 1965, operating on many test and development flights with British Aerospace. He was on the very first airline assessment flight in 1969 of the prototype French Concorde. John was the Flight Engineer on the first Commercial Supersonic Service, London – Bahrain – London. In 1982 he was awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. From 1982 – 1996 John worked for British Aerospace and was instrumental in the development and flight-testing the VC10 tanker conversion.

Christopher Orlebar (co-Pilot) joined British Airways, then BOAC, in 1969, he became a Concorde pilot and instructor in 1976 flying the aircraft for 10 years achieving over 3000 hours – equivalent to about 800 Atlantic crossings. He retired from BA in 2000. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he contributes frequently to TV aviation documentaries, lectures and is author of ‘The Concorde Story’. In 1981 he chartered and flew Concorde around the final (1931) Snyder Trophy Race course over the Solent commemorating the British victory.

Overall size: 28” x 20”