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Friday, 23 October 2015

Memories of Flying Concorde

Most of us have, or have had jobs and careers, but few of us had the good fortune to be part of an iconic part of British history.

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Well, Milford on Sea resident Sally Armstrong certainly fell into the second category when she worked on Concorde for seven years as a stewardess. During her time she experienced the Royal flights, exclusive charters, round the world trips, displays at air shows and flying with the Red Arrows - and now she has written a book recounting the life she led.

Sally's book is entitled; Vintage Champagne on the Edge of Space.

Concorde flight crew have written technical books on this supersonic aircraft that became one of, if not the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. However no one before has written about the life of the cabin crew.

For all those who loved to see Concorde, those who may have been lucky enough to have travelled on her or those who mourned the loss of her departure from the skies, this sounds the book for them.

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Sally recalls; "Concorde was like an exclusive club as Sir David Frost once described it. The flights to New York and Washington regularly included movie stars, rock stars and leading politicians. Names like Paul McCartney, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert de Niro, Tom Cruise, Sir Richard Attenborough, Pavarotti ,Sir Yehudi Menhuin were just a few of the many famous people I met. It was a very special working life, flying as we were on the edge of space at 58,000 feet and at twice the speed of sound."

On Thursday, Sally was on BBC South Today being interviewed about her book, although they thought she was from New Milton rather than Milford on Sea!

To buy a copy of: Vintage Champagne on the Edge of Space: The Supersonic World of a Concorde Stewardess - please click here.

Book Signing for "Vintage Champagne on the edge of space"
at Moss on the green on Saturday 21st November, 10:30 till 12:30.

Moss on the Green
1 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
Tel: 01590 643867

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