I had the rare privelage of flying her as this very same flight # BA002 JFK-LHR on 8-5-00, 10 day after AF4590 crashed, and 10 days before the 16 month shutdown. What is amazing is, everytime I saw Concordee taxi, takeoff, or land, all eyes were on her. Every cockpit crew, every airport worker....everybody just seemed to pause in her presense and just enjoy what a remarkable and beautiful machine she was.
As we taxied out, knowing I was onboard, and knowing all eyes were on us, especially such a short time after the crash and with the grounded Air France Concorde within viewing distance, was a very amazing feeling. Words cannot describe the takeoff; how hard you are pushed into the set, how damn loud it was. Seeing the world at 58,000 feet was also something I will never forget.
I miss the hell out of her.