From the first time Concorde took to the skies on 2 March 1969 until its final flight
on 26 November 2003, the supersonic jet captured the imagination of the public. When
Air France and British Airways announced their decision to stop flying Concorde there
was a feeling of sadness and disbelief amongst the fans of this beautiful aeroplane
around the world.
But what of the men who flew her? There were fewer Concorde pilots than US astronauts,
but only a handful of them ever had public prominence. This is the story of one of
those better known pilots, John Hutchinson.
From his birth in India in the final decade of British rule and his escape to England
following the bloody battles that accompanied Partition, to the present day, this
is the tale of John Hutchinson’s exciting and sometimes precarious life, featuring
near-death experiences and a life-changing personal tragedy.
“A superbly interesting read, written about arguably the most eloquent of all Concorde
pilot speakers. One of life's true gentleman and a superb pilot, it is a long overdue
biography.” - PPrune