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RIP Sir David Frost – BA’s most high-profile loyal Concorde supporter

It was with much regret that the Save Concorde Group (SCG) yesterday learnt of the death of one of Concorde’s most loyal supporters, Sir David Frost, from a suspected heart attack at the age of 74 whilst on board the Cunard Cruiseliner, MS Queen Elizabeth.

Sir David Frost had for over 20 years, become one of the most loyal high-profile customers and supporters of the British Airways Concorde fleet.  His popularity amongst American TV audiences over his 50-year career saw him fly Concorde around 20 times per year for more than 20 years, totalling up more than 400 flights on the aircraft.

Ben Lord, SCG Chairman said “As soon as I heard the news break yesterday morning, I felt immensely sad by Sir David’s passing and reflected on his relationship with Concorde.  Sir David had a deep affection for Concorde which was epitomised by his invitation to be one of the passengers on the final British Airways Concorde flights on 24th October 2003.  Many a time I remember hearing him on videos and interviews regarding Concorde with the most infamous quote that’s left an indelible mark in my mind forever – ‘There’s the view of New York from the Triborough Bridge, there’s the Sydney Opera House and there’s Concorde; arguably the 3 most beautiful manmade sights in the world’ – I simply couldn’t agree with him any harder if I’d tried.”

Fred Finn, SCG’s Honorary President and current world record holder for the world’s most travelled man, including 718 flights on Concorde said “I had a very long friendly relationship with Sir David Frost; in fact he was on my 500th Concorde flight which was the same day he met my twins in New York’s JFK Airport. I am greatly saddened by his death, especially as we had many years of flying together even before Concorde”

As we reflect upon one of Britain’s greatest broadcasting legends, and the sadness at his passing, we also feel that it is greater shame that Sir David will not be here to soak up the enjoyment when Concorde finally does fly again, which we now hope will be able to fly in tribute to one of it’s eternally loyal supporters.

Please see below interview hosted by Sir David Frost with BA Chief Concorde Pilot, Mike Bannister and Tony Benn MP on Concorde’s retirement in Octobter 2003

Interview by Sir David Frost on Concorde\’s Retirement.

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