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Beating fear of flying - on Concorde
Barbara and Martin Curry and Concorde
Barbara and Martin Curry flew on one of the last Concorde flights
A Bristol woman has beaten her fear of flying by travelling on one of the final flights of Concorde.

Barbara Curry, from Kingswood in Bristol has been afraid to fly ever since a particularly unpleasant flight when she was a teenager.

But when she won two tickets on one of the jet's final supersonic journeys in a competition to mark the plane's retirement, she was determined to enjoy the experience.

Mrs Curry and her husband Martin flew from Cardiff to Heathrow via the Bay of Biscay - and she said it was worth conquering her fear for.

'Smooth journey'

"I don't like flying," she told BBC News Online. "I flew when I was 19 and had a terrible time - I said then 'Never again'.

The curvature of the earth, as seen from Concorde
The whole journey was so smooth - it didn't feel as if we were on a plane at all
Barbara Curry

"But we had a fabulous time - it was absolutely fantastic and we were treated wonderfully.

"I couldn't believe how steep the take-off was - it felt as if we were about to flip over."

She said the most impressive part of the journey was being able to look out of the windows and see the curvature of the earth.

"The whole journey was so smooth - it didn't feel as if we were on a plane at all, so once I sat down I stopped being worried about flying."

Trip souvenirs

Mr and Mrs Curry have plenty of souvenirs to remember their trip by.

"We were given flight certificates," said Mrs Curry. "And we made sure we picked up all the brochures and bits in the seat pockets.

"We weren't the only ones, though - when we walked back down the plane to get off we noticed all the cushion covers - which had Concorde written on them - had been removed.

"It was very emotional when we landed - all the stewardesses were crying, because it was their last flight too."

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