Mike Bannister
Agent(s): Mark Lucas
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Mike Bannister is an aviation consultant and former pilot. He became the youngest pilot on the Concorde fleet in 1977, was appointed the airline’s Chief Concorde Pilot in 1995 and regularly flew as Captain on all of the aircraft’s routes worldwide. He was at the controls when the British Airways’ Supersonic Flagship returned to service in November 2001, and commanded and flew the final Concorde commercial flight from New York to London on October 24th 2004.

By the time Concorde retired Mike had amassed over 9,200 Concorde flight hours – around 6,900 at supersonic speeds. For over 10 years he was extensively involved as an expert witness and lead technical advisor in the ‘Air France Concorde Trial.’ He now runs an Aviation Consultancy and resides in Middlesex, UK.

In his first book, Concorde Mike shares the inside story of this unique and awe-inspiring aircraft for the first time, including his role in the investigation to uncover what really happened when Concorde fell to earth on 25th July 2000. Loved and missed like no other aeroplane, Concorde is part celebration, part history, part detective story and part courtroom drama. Above all it is a thrilling, revelatory, intimate and insightful account by the man who knew her best.