2003. I'd been fascinated by the Concorde
airliner for years, partly because only twenty
were ever built, and partly because it was the
only commercial aircraft to fly at over Mach 2
(twice the speed of sound). The sale was or-
chestrated by an industrial equipment auction
house, DoveBid, in what the outfit pitched as
a British Airways Concorde Enthusiasts' Auc-
tion. I don't know if I considered myself an
Photo courtesy of Patrick Y. Wong/Atelier Wong Photography.
jet Concorde engine would make a spectacu-
lar showpiece for the lobby of an executive
airport and, without a moment's hesitation, I
decided to try and acquire one.
even I got to spend a few minutes in the
cockpit chatting with the captain. My wife,
Sheri, and I planned a week-long trip to
Paris to celebrate her forty-fifth birthday.