I remember the First Concorde into Leeds all too well. I was on it. Seat 2D. We all had a great time, and it was a great end to the trip for us to land at Leeds after so much doubt. Oh boy, what a landing it was too. I still to this day think it was the heaviest landing I have ever had.
I well remember Concorde's first visit to Leeds/Bradford. We as a family went and stood on the reservoir at the top of Bramley Park along with many others. I remember a whisper going round that due to the high winds the plane had been diverted to Manchester. Happily our fears were unfounded as the Air France version loomed into view over the east of Leeds.
Excellent video. DON'T LOSE IT. Would be nice to view it again on it's 20th anniversary
I must admit, watching Concorde on approach to Leeds was one thing, but the sight of a 747 coming in was one thing never to be missed. So slow, so big...
I remember the time I was opposite the airport at what is now Multiflight not knowing she was coming in until this magnificent bird roared past me.
Sammy - Yeadon
A great shame it no longer flies but at least we can go over to a proper airport in Manchester to still see it on display
I was at Leeds Bradford airport when Concorde came in for the first time I was stood facing the end of the run way. It made to land but then took off again seconds before touching down and came straight over my head. An awe insiring event I will never forget.
I remember the thing coming to Yeadon - I lived quite close to its flightpath at the time. I remember hundreds of anoraks descending on the area, and I remember the awful noise. Good riddance!
I was 8 years old at the time of Concorde's visit. I remember being in the playground of the junior school at Leeds Grammar at breaktime. At about 11 o'clock that morning, we heard the sound of an aircraft flying overhead. But it wasn't quite like any sound i'd hear before. Almost like a calm whooshing noise. I looked up - and saw the delta wing fly right over my head. It was - amazing. I couldnt believe it! I think all i said was "beautiful" - yes - even at the age of 8! I turned around... playtime was still going on. I wonder if anyone else knew what had just happened?
Being an aircraft enthusiast, it was always a pleasure walking up from Guiseley to the airport, to see the 'great swan' coming in to land.
The pilot always used to run the plane right down to the end of the runway, turn to face the crowd, and then raise and drop the nose, almost like a bow to the crowd.
Taking off was even most of an awesome sight. The place would disappear over the hill, (the runway at Leeds/Bradford is raise in the middle), and then there would be silence. All of a sudden, a yellow cloud appeared on the horizon, and Concorde would majestically, but swiftly hurtle down the runway. Once the plane's nose wheel was off the ground, that was the time to stick your fingers in your ears as Concorde roared little more than 100 feet overhead. The sound was immense, and you actually felt it more than anything.
Yes seeing Concorde at Leeds/Bradford was as exciting as it was awesome, and the plane will sadly be missed.
I am not interested in planes at all but I did go to Yeadon to see Concorde... I loved watching it fly past it was unique.