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Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister signed 8x10 photo - UACC
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Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister signed 8x10 photo - UACC

8x10 inch photo signed by Concorde pilot Mike Bannister

Mike Bannister graduated from Ashton School, DunstabIe, and the College of Air Training HambIe, having been awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship in 1966. He then joined BOAC (British Airways’ predecessor) in 1969 as a pilot and flight navigator on the VC10 (Vickers) fleet. He became the youngest pilot on the Concorde fleet in 1977, completing the first ever course for ‘Line Flight Crew’. Over the following years Mike was a member of a number of government and industry policy groups dedicated to aviation safety, and became a Concorde pilot instructor in 1986.

He became Assistant Training Manager and a Captain on British Airways’ BAe1-11 fleet in 1989. He also served as Flight Crew Manager for that fleet and the ‘high tech' A320 fleet. In 1990 he was appointed Flight Manager (Technical) for the BAe1-11 fleet. In 1992 he moved to the B757/767 fIeet as departmental Manager Business Development and Communications and was named Head of Communications, Flight Operations in 1992. He was appointed the airline's Chief Concorde Plot in 1995 and, until the suspension of the aircraft’s Certificate of Airworthiness, flew regularly as Captain on all of the aircraft's routes worldwide. Concorde has visited a total of 251 destinations - 72 in the USA. 

From July 2000 Mike was very actively involved in the corporate and industry efforts to achieve Concorde’s safe return to service in November 2001. In that role be liaised closely with manufacturers, accident investigators, Governments and the Authorities as well as representing the company in a range of arenas. Additionally he developed and delivered the retraining of Concorde Flight Crew in preparation for Concorde flying duties foIIowing their temporary secondment to other types.


Mike partnered Claud Freeman, Engineering Manager Concorde, for significant Concorde presentations to customers, staff, insures, service partners and authorities including landmark events for the Top 50 Concorde Customers at Engineering Base at Heathrow and the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York.


He was at the controls of British Airways’ Supersonic Flagship when she returned to service on November 7th 2001 and for all of the stunning 'Air to Air' photographs and movies of Concorde that were used in supporting presentations.


His other Concorde ‘firsts’ are too numerous to list, highlights include: 

- landing the aircraft on inaugural visits to Oakland, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, Baltimore and Miami

- commanding the aircraft in June 1996 on the 50th Anniversary Fly Past of London Heathrow Airport flying in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows

- on July 17th 2001 commanding the first flight of a modified Concorde as part of the Return to Service programme, thereby becoming the first airline pilot to re-qualify onto Concorde following the pause in service

- following restoration of the Certificate of Airworthiness, flying the first passenger flight on September 11th 2001

- on November 7th 2001 commanding the first scheduled passenger flight as the world’s only supersonic airliner returned to daily service

- commanding Concorde as she flew in formation with the Red Arrows over Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on June 4th 2002

- flying Concorde’s last commercial flight from New York to London on October 24th 2003.

Mike concluded his career with Concorde when he commanded the last ever flight; returning to her birthplace at Filton, Bristol on 26th November 2003.

All signed during private signings held directly with the pilots

Payment We accept Paypal or UK Cheques or Postal Orders
Shipping Flat items are packaged in board backed envelopes. Larger items such as 8x12 photographs an additional plastic stiffener is also used. Items larger than 8x12 inches are usually sent in a sturdy tube. We are very happy to combine postage for multiple purchases.
Return Policy Returns are accepted providing the item arrives back with us in the same condition as it was sent. We refund the purchase price only and not any postage costs.
About Us We are UACC Registered Dealer RD209. We do a large number of 'Private Signings' with Concorde Pilots, WWII Veterans, Celebrities and so on, in order to guarantee authenticity. Contact me to go on our mailing list and you will receive advance notification of any signings and we offer discount prices for Pre-Orders!
Despatch Times We try to get to the post office 3 times a week so the chances are that your item will be sent within 24hrs of you making your purchase (Weekends not included). If you require a postage service not offered, please get in touch.
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