Queen’s pilot and ‘dementia-suffering’ wife found dead in ‘murder-suicide’ at home

This is the first picture of a former Concorde pilot who was found dead with his wife in an apparent murder-suicide at their house in Kate Middleton’s village.

The body of Captain Tony Meadows was found by police in leafy Bucklebury, West Berkshire alongside his wife Paula.

Detectives have launched a murder enquiry but are not looking for anyone else.

It is believed the case is being treated as a murder-suicide, locals have said.

Captain Meadows flew the Queen on Concorde in 1979.


The pilot captained the flight to Kuwait at the start of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s three week tour of the Middle East.

Captain Meadows and his wife, both in their 80s, were found dead at their home on Tuesday evening.

Locals said the his wife was reportedly suffering from dementia.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This is a tragic incident in which two people have died.

“We are currently investigating and have launched a murder enquiry but we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident.

“There is no danger to the public so people locally should not have any undue cause for concern.”

The Meadows lived close to the Bucklebury Manor, the home of Carole and Michael Middleton – Kate and Pippa’s parents.

Captain Meadows made history as part of the crew on the first commercial flight from London to New York.

On November 22, 1977, Captain Meadows helped steer a British Airways flight along a flight route that would become synonymous with the supersonic airplane.

Remember the occasion in Mach 2 Magazine he wrote: “The 22nd of November 1977 was to be an exciting day – we were at last going to fly passengers to New York.

“After a successful trial period flying into Washington, we were now granted access to John F. Kennedy airport. This was enormously important commercially.

“The welcoming crowds were enormous. Amidst the euphoria, we departed to the Waldorf Astoria for a press conference and a lunch hosted by New York Business.”

The following day Captain Meadows left the co-pilot seat and took hold of the main steering wheel for the return flight.

Having chosen a runway that would lessen the plane’s noise as it left the city, the pilot performed a steep takeoff.

He recalled: “All went according to plan. We were well within the noise limits and achieved results comparable to subsonic jets on the day.

“The rest of the flight went without incident. All the work had been worthwhile; we had successfully taken our first bite at the Big Apple.”

Captain Meadows went on to pilot Concorde 213 on a round the world flight and fly Princess Diana during one of her several trips on the plane.

After starting his career as a mathematician Captain Meadows joined the National Service before moving on to the Royal Air Force.

He was a key part of the Nucleus Group of pilots and flight engineers who were trained by British Aircraft Corporation and by the Concorde test pilots.

Before the famous supersonic plane began ferrying passengers over the Atlantic Captain Meadows helped develop flying techniques to quieten the plane’s famously loud take off and climb phases.

The fastest speed he flew out was around 1,450 miles an hour, which equates to roughly 23 miles a minute.






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