Join us at Cranfield University for refreshments next to the University’s Concorde engine and to listen to a former Senior British Airways Concorde Pilot - John Hutchinson - talk about his time with the world's safest and most unique aircraft yet designed and the only successful supersonic airliner - Concorde - and the Air France Concorde crash in Paris.

This is the second talk in the series by John Hutchinson at Cranfield University - back due to popular demand. The last successful event entitled ‘Concorde Flying Supersonic’ was a fast sell out with 98 attendees. 

Speaking of the first event, John said: “I greatly enjoyed talking to this knowledgeable audience about the beautiful white bird and would like to thank everyone for their generosity to the RNLI.”

To avoid disappointment register TODAY!

Speaker: John Hutchinson is a former Senior British Airways Concorde Captain - flying the aircraft between1977-1992.

John joined the Royal Air Force in 1955 and spent eight years in the service, flying the Avro Shackleton in Singapore and then as a Flying Instructor and Examiner on the Jet Provost. This was followed by three years in corporate aviation flying a variety of light single and twin engine aircraft.

He joined British Airways in 1966 as a co-pilot on the Boeing 707 and then went on to the Boeing 747. He gained his command on the VC10 in 1976. He joined the Concorde fleet in 1977 where he spent the next 15 years until retirement. During that time he became a Concorde Route Check Captain and a British Airways pilot selector.

Since his retirement in 1992, he has worked as a consultant to the United States High Speed Research Programme. He sits on many Air Safety committees and advises as an Expert Witness in aviation related legal actions. He lectures extensively on cruise ships throughout the world.

He is a Past Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots of London and is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

He has flown over 70 different aircraft types and has just decided to hang up his flying helmet after one of his friends managed to land his Auster Aiglet in a field of barley. His friend was unhurt!

IMechE Members and non-members welcome.

John Hutchinson in BA uniform by Concorde
John Hutchinson in his British Airways pilot uniform by Concorde

Location and travel details

Ideas Area, AIRC Building,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford.
Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our location page.

Who should attend

Cranfield University staff and students, other academia, IMechE members and the general public.


Free to attend

How to register

For more information and to book your free place please visit the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) website.