Pepsi Cola Concorde and Northern Lights

Flying to and from Stockholm in mid-winter, two particular memories come to mind.

On a flight from London to Stockholm, it was very dark and as we approached Scandinavia, one of the cabin crew asked me if I would like to go into the captain’s cabin. In those days, after 9/11, cabin doors were closed and locked. Necessary but rather sad.

I entered the cabin and the captain asked me if I would like to see the Northern Lights, pointing in their direction.

Such an experience was unique.  It is difficult to describe the scene, but it was unforgettable. The darkness of the cabin and much of the sky a contrast to the magnificence of the Northern Lights. So strange standing in the cockpit of a British Airways airliner witnessing such a phenomenon. Unforgettable.

The flight back to London Heathrow was less dramatic but also colourful.

I remember sitting in my seat looking out of the window watching ice being removed from the aircraft’s wings.

Another sight caught my eye. There was a Concorde near the runway. I looked twice because it was not like a Concorde.  It was in Pepsi Cola blue! That’s quite a publicity stunt. It looked rather splendid and glistened.  I had heard that the Pepsi Cola blue hue would peel off in some sections due to combined heat and speed.

The Concorde took off; the sound and sight of amazing Rolls Royce engines glowing as this iconic airliner reached for the sky, ready to enter supersonic levels.

I have never been a passenger on Concorde, but one thing I have heard is that passengers’ cabin windows actually move back a little because of the temperature created while flying through the sound barrier into supersonic speed. Concorde was designed to accommodate such a phenomenon.

Has anyone flown in Concorde, or seen a Pepsi Cola  Concord? I would very much like to hear of such experiences.

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Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.