As it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first flight today, it’s not done badly for a plane that was only supposed to be around for a few years until the supersonics took over. It started my closet plane-spotting interest as a young boy growing up in south west London, its distinctive shape making it easy to pick out. In the early 1980s, I was lucky enough to see one of them up close and stood in staggered awe as I only came half way up the nose landing gear. In the [not so reassuring] words of a friend and former Virgin 747 pilot, “I’ve really got no idea how they can actually take off.”
I now work in south east London and fortunately @britishairways still fly them and at @Rosendaleschool we are right above the approach path to Heathrow 27R and fifty years later, they continue to inspire the children.