ONA stories by Al Quack
by Al Quack
The Concord Flyover - A tribute to Concord
London Heathrow AP
Buckingham Palace, London
House of Commons and Big Ben
flying as a flight engineer for ONA.
a bus tour on the weekend. They had to talk me into going that day, but afterwards I was glad I did as it was very interesting and it gave you insight to where you might want to go back to and spend more time. The tour guide said because it was a weekend and less traffic, the bus could go to more scenic places than during the week. Got a lot of nice pictures that day. Another time we had a layover (cockpit crew only) during the Farnborough Air Show. (A biennial event, Farnborough International Airshow 2008 was attended by over 130,000 trade visitors with exhibiting companies announcing record-breaking order figures of US$88.7bn, more than doubling 2006ís figures of US$42bn - 2008 Flying Aircraft. The Captain said why donít we call up one of the British Aircraft manufactures and ask for complimentary tickets to the show, as it was the first day and only aircraft manufactures were allowed, not the public. He called one, I forget which, but they only had two left and we would have to pick them up at the factory before hand. I said you two go and Iíll stay here, but the Captain said no you come too and you can wait outside the gate, till I can get somebody to come back with me to get you in. I said yeah! I could see me standing outside the fence for the whole show. We had to catch a train to the factory to pick the tickets up, and then a train back, then another train to the air show. Well, it all worked out okay and yes the Captain did come back with somebody to get me in after a short wait. The air show was great and they had the Concord make a few low passes across the field. On the way out I bought a First Day Cover (envelope), which was date stamped and said I was onboard the Concord flight that day.