Tony Benn former British MP
When you think of the stars of the Concorde world, you could be forgiven for only remembering the famous pilots who once flew this amazing aircraft to the edge of space. But the real heroes were the engineers, the men that got their hands dirty working on her and who fought so hard to keep her flying for nearly 28 years.
Sadly some of these Concorde engineering heroes have now died, but there are many still alive some of whom are still working for the airlines, some of them are also working on the Concorde airframes today, as with the engineers working for Heritage Concorde, Brooklands and the group keeping the French Concorde alive in Paris. We at Heritage Concorde will try to compile a list of these heroes, the men that worked and fought so hard to keep our dream alive for nearly 28 years of Concorde passenger operations.
The ground engineers were really based at five main locations, LHR / JFK / IAD/ MIA/ CDG and aside from LHR and CDG there really were not that many engineers in number to take care of the massive amount technical issues that the Concorde operations carried with it.
But we must also acknowledge the many other engineers at Airbus, BAC, BAe, Aerospatiale and the many other companies who worked so hard to achieve the success and continued service of Concorde up until 2003 when she took to the skies for the last time.
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The Concorde Engineering Heroes
Ian Mosdell – British Airways. Ian played a major role in the post 2000 Concorde modifications. Ian was also the main engineer working for Heritage Concorde Project Flagship. This saw life returned to BA Concorde G-BOAC. Without this man, Project Flagship would never have taken place, he was the one member of the team that we couldn’t of done without.
John Dunlevy - British Airways. John has been connected with Concorde since 1965, when he became an apprentice with the Bristol Aeroplane Company and streamed for test flight avionics and production avionics. He Specialized in the aircraft air Intake developement at Fairford on the prototype and preproduction Concordes, and was involved with the British prototype 002 tours and British pre-production 101 endurance flying. He left Fairford in 1977 to join British Airways.
Richard Hughes - British Aircraft Corporation, Aircraft Engineer · Fairford, Gloucestershire · June 1971 to July 1976 British Airways, Aircraft Engineer · Heathrow, Slough, United Kingdom · 1976 to 1981
Fred Heal – British Airways
Robert White – BAC, British Aerospace, BAe Systems . Bristol, United Kingdom. Robert has been an Aircraft Electrician who worked mainly with Concorde from from September 1967 and is currently still at BAe Systems. He also conducted tours on G-BOAF while she was on display at Filton airfield until 2010.
Andy Cameron – British Airways
One of the biggest problems was that the new flight deck door (Required after the September 11th 2001 World Trade Center attack) had to open in a situation such as the passenger cabin losing a window, failure to do so could cause structural failure of the whole airframe, and of course trying to solve this problem with Concorde was twice as hard, due to the lack of space After hours of research and tests by engineer’s and designers at Filton, the answer was found and Concorde was saved again.
Alan Perry, who had worked for BAC at Filton during Concorde’s development, was at home during his lunchtime and noticed his cat using the cat flap in the door, and based on that idea came up with the “Perry Doors”. So within the ceiling and floor of the Concorde cabin, there are small flap type doors.
Ian Bishop - British Airways
Phil Cairns - British Airways. During the work to restore Concorde to flight following the Paris crash, he worked on the spar 72 modifications. This involved the strengthening and removal of the predicted wear and tear in this area of the aircraft.
Karl Howard – Norris – British Airways
Keith Brown – British Airways – long standing licensed Engineering Manager (retired) which involved fourteen years with Concorde, both direct in Major Maintenance, LHR Ops and overseas Line Ops, and later in a senior technical role during the very difficult years
Lewis Triggs – BOAC, Filton. Chief Engineer in charge of training the ground engineering staff for Concorde back in the 1970s.
John Coe - British Airways
Mick Cousins - British Airways
Eddie Crook – British Airways
Bob Dowie – British Airways
Bob Hodgkinson - British Airways
Keith Leyland - British Airways
Len Jenkins – British Airways
Marc Morley- British Airways
Carl Percey - British Airways
Dave Shelford - British Airways
Eric Smith - British Airways
Dave Sutton - British Airways
John Kaiser - British Airways
Kevin Moyes - British Airways
Doug Wernham - British Airways
Shah Yusufzai – British Airways
Roy Cox – BAC Filton, Roy was involved with British prototype Concorde 002
British Airways Concorde Engineering Heroes at New York JFK
Tony Badia - British Airways
Alan Barker - British Airways
Claude Call - British Airways
Ray Carolla - British Airways
Jim Dennis - British Airways
John Hess - British Airways
Leo Korbus - British Airways
Syd Langford - British Airways
Tommy Mattola - British Airways
Bob Malony - British Airways
John Pace – British Airways
Ian Bishop – British Airways
Charlie Pantol - British Airways
Glen Schalk – British Airways
Pete Vasas - British Airways
Jim Visentin – British Airways
Paul Wahlrab - British Airways
Don Wells - British Airways
Clarence Whittaker - British Airways
Pictures of the engineers who gave us Concorde and kept her flying over the years!
Heritage Concorde will keep updating this page with further pictures and names!