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Concorde G-BOAC comes alive again!

 

For almost 8 years, the world has perceived that Concorde has been nothing more than a museum relic since h er premature retirement.  For years since, critics have claimed that any kind of  restoration work keeing it beyond a museum piece was not feasible and impossible to carry out, especially on a British Concorde.  However, it would appear that all of this has been overturned and proven wrong – thanks to the efforts of engineers at our sister organisation, Concorde Tech.

Initially looking to conduct various repair and maintanence work with qualified former Concorde engineers, Concorde Tech, have now demonstrated to the world that it is the only team that has returned a British Concorde back to life – an event that took place on 14th March 2011.

Since the work began back in March, SCG extended it’s full support to the project, led in an engineering capacity by the legendary Concorde engineer, Ricky Bastin (loyal friend and supporter of SCG).  Whilst SCG has persistently campaigned for efforts like this towards any Concorde, efforts which it knew would some day be possible, despite ongoing critics claiming otherwise, we congratulate our friends at Concorde Tech for having achieved possibilities that most Concorde fans could only dream of hopefully seeing at some stage in the future!

Ben Lord, SCG’s Chairman said, “The work which these skilled engineers from Concorde Tech have carried out is simply inspirational.  They have proven and demonstrated everything which we have been stating for the last few years and we are thrilled with what they have achieved.”

Concorde Tech have sensationally revealed that their efforts were part of a bigger plan to have the nose and visor of Concorde powered up and lowering in salute for the opening ceremony of next year’s London Olympics.

“Whilst it was inevitable that Concorde wouldn’t be flying over the Olympic Stadium next year, an option became apparent that could see this iconic aircraft being beamed across video screens around the world saluting the Olympics with the famous nose being lowered.  What a great way to have her involved in the Olympics somehow!” explained, Ben.

However, with all this fantastic work being undertaken by these volunteer engineers at the request of the museum at Manchester Airport, the work was abruptly halted in the last few weeks, with grounds of Health and Safety being cited.

“It is really surprising that such intense work that’s being conducted by these volunteer engineers, which was done in compliance with all HSE regulations, has been suspended on these grounds.  This is of course, very disappointing and we very much back the calls of Concorde Tech to see that this work be reinstated without delay.  There is no reason at all why this cannot continue and to suspend this as has been done, would be an act of vandalism against this aircraft, no different to what took place towards the end of 2003.” concluded, Ben.

So, with proven results that the impossible really can happen, we very much hope that this will not be the end of the work that has been undertaken at Manchester and look forward to working further with our friends and colleagues at Concorde Tech to progress this exciting project over the coming weeks and months!

 

Comments

September 4th, 2011 at 11:41 - Angie Shone said...

This Concorde should be allowed to be alive again. We adore this aircraft and we are very proud to have her at Manchester. Keep on trying even it is only to get the windows replaced to make her whole again.

You have worked so very hard so far and hopefully will be able to finish the project off.

Best of luck

Angie

Firstly, many many congratulations to the team responsible for restoring this fantastic aircraft back to life. It’s only a shame that they couldn’t light up the engines and at least go for a fast taxi run, as they do with Vulcans and Victors. Nontheless, a great achievement

Secondly, Whilst I can… nearly… understand the insurance problems with keeping a live aircraft on public display (although I’m sure that there many examples where live aircraft are on display in museums), I can’t work out what the health and safety problems may be? Potential for oil leaks maybe? It hardly seems likely with an aircraft that is clearly well looked after!

Personally, I support any plan that will return Concorde to her rightful place in the air, and it seems a great pity that in the UK we are always tethered to the ground by beauacracy!

September 5th, 2011 at 11:54 - John Benson said...

It’s wonderful news that Concorde is slowly waking from her slumber. Let’s all pray that the HSE issues can be overcome as expeditiously as possible.

What a spectacular photo!
Good work, and good luck with your project, I remember the thrill of seeing and hearing Concorde taking off from Heathrow several times when I was living close to the airport. Fantastic!

I never thought I would see such activity again around one of the most beautiful pieces of engineering ever brought to working life. Whilst I can see that obtaining a renewed CofA for this wonderful aircraft may be unattainable, I can only look on in admiration at the commitment to preserve this symbol of British (and, hey, French) ingenuity.

The Rocket is a significant piece of history and I will watch this site with interest. Keep fighting the ludiocracy that is the HSE, people !

I will do what little I can from this side of the world (an ex-pat Brit in New Zealand) to support the activity of SCG and other interest groups. Whilst Concorde may be a somewhat ironic symbol for the Olympics next year – especially in this austere age – it gets my vote.

Best wishes for your continued efforts.

September 6th, 2011 at 12:21 - Wheeler said...

Health and Safety are killing the Country what is required here is Common Sense. This is an icon for Human Ingenuity lets get behind this!

September 6th, 2011 at 12:49 - Dave Wall said...

I have never understood why at least one of these beautiful machines has not been kept airworthy, after all, we have Spitfires and Wellingtons and VC10s and B17s and all sorts preserved for posterity. I would have thought that in the scheme of things, this aircraft is one of the most historically important of all!

Please keep going. Would be huge tragedy for this famous icon to be grounded by the stupid Health & Safety vandals

Well done on all your hard work so far. It’s a shame if all your endeavours are grounded by red tape as it would be great to see the Concorde fly again!

September 6th, 2011 at 13:21 - Sunjai Veer Singh said...

Concerde is a beautiful plane. I support the fact that it should be flying again. I wish to see my children flying in it.

Keep up the good work, this plane should never have been grounded, I join with the rest of Britain in wishing you all the best and would love to fly Concorde when you have her back in the air. There is one on the runway at Filton Airport in Bristol that you could have a go at too!

September 6th, 2011 at 14:50 - Boyd Butler said...

Its a strange thing that an aircraft project would be halted that is just another attempt to keep an aircraft in somewhat of a flyable state. There is nothing wrong with what is being done. Here in Seattle they have a B29 they are restoring to a point just short of flying but due to wing problems that is as close as its possible to do so why not these they are part of our lives even if they were build over there. Good Luck in your efforts.

September 6th, 2011 at 15:30 - andrew meaden said...

Bravo, bravo… Let’s see this ultimate, hitoric, iconic, beautiful, magical, unbelievable plane back to its former glory.

I was at heathrow the first day it landed all those gears ago, I was with my dad who took me to see her, when I heard the noise of those engines, I just said, shaw that, to which my dad replied.. Son, that’s the bird… And so she has always had a special place in my heart from then.

The powers that be should be ashamed of themselves for letting this plane stop flying, and a particular gentleman was prepared to find a way to keep her in the sky, let him come forward again and see what everyone can do.

I go with he comment from above, I too would live to see my children fly on this great lady at some point.

But I also say, this plane if at all possible should be the ultimate spectacle of the opening of the Olympic games next year. Get rid of the red tape and pc people and let ” THE BIRD ” live again.

Thankyou.

September 6th, 2011 at 20:24 - mike smith said...

Please Please Please get this most beautiful aircraft back where it belongs, in the air.
The wonderful team managed to get the wonderful Vulcan back in the air, I really hope you can do the same with Concorde.
At many air shows I attended, Riat etc, when Concorde appeared in the sky every one stopped and looked. This was the only aircraft I noticed have this effect!

Heritage Concorde engineers return a British Concorde to life at Manchester Airport, for the full story click on the link below…

http://heritageconcorde.com/?page_id=10055

Contact Heritage Concorde at the address below…
heritageconcorde@btinternet.com

September 7th, 2011 at 12:54 - Skyfly said...

Why isnt it safe to fly
they are flying much older planes from ww11
even a redesign and improevments like on older planes
mabye glass cockpit
should be able to still fly!!

September 7th, 2011 at 17:38 - Peter Sharpe said...

Lets get G-BOAC flying again. I want to see it in formation with Vulcan XH-558, with 8 RR Olympus turbojets thundering in unison, brilliant :)

It has been music to my ears to learn about all this wonderful work to ensure this brilliant aircraft can be brought back to life. I learned about it today on Twitter and want to help in any way I can. I have always been shocked at the way BA almost threw Concorde out like junk (like its own brand in some respects) when it is, in spirit, our heritage.

I myself, loved the plane flying overhead, when I was younger. It really was the biggest mistake, to stop flying such a wonderful part of our history. BA should have sold them to Virgin, as Richard always knows how to make something work, he has this gift that turns loses into profits and I bet he would have made Concorde the best.

However I hope we see another Concorde flying soon, it should be flying over the Olympic stadium.

Think about it no one in the world would be able to do that.

Another thing Health and Safety should be banned, it is ruining everything that is fun in life….

I’m all for this it’s great news, I saw her this summer she is obviously well looked after. The windscreen had not been replaced and the person who showed us around said that none of these beautiful aircraft will ever work again.
I’ve kept my eye on the forum’s in the hope someone would do something about getting one flying or at least to taxi the most likely was the one in France which has also been maintained well.
I can’t understand why Manchester would want to quash the opportunity to have the only working Concorde in the world what an attraction that would be.
H&S is used as a constant excuse for negative people who are scared.
Well done to the dedicated individuals who carried out the work I hope we see one of these aircraft in the air again soon.

September 9th, 2011 at 09:58 - Vincent Heath said...

fantastic first things first i would love to see this aircraft doing a high speed taxi down the runway at Manchester then hopefully i would love to see the taxi carry on and involve a take off

lets hope this project is not ruined by the H & S police

September 9th, 2011 at 10:24 - tony ( said...

In the UK Health and Safety rule and at times its so Stupid you
just walk away in Frustration at some reasons and ideas they
Have. In Jest its now regarded as the ELF and Safety no one
has met this ELF and we dont want to .
We are all for Safety if thats all it was about but clearly its not.
its about People and councils worried that should there be even
the slightest incedent the SUE everyone brigade Lawyers will
be on it in a flash . Frankly common sence has gone out the
window its a wonder anything gets done .

Tony
EGLF (FARNBOROUGH) UK

September 9th, 2011 at 10:31 - fil cad said...

What a good start for a Beautifull aircraft, keep up the good work chaps an lets look forword to those wonderfiull olympus engines starting up once more ;)

September 9th, 2011 at 12:33 - PETER W SCOTT said...

When health and safety issues are raised, especialy when large coporate and politucal interests are involved, there generally is a bad fish smell in the air!
Go fly Concorde.

As a Health and Safety professional, I would be interested to see exactly what prevented this work, as it sounds like H&S is just being used as a scapegoat.

Health and Safety is, in the main, just common sense. Unfortunately, it is often used as an excuse to prevent something, because it’s easier than admitting the real reason. By a mile, it is more likely to be to do with insurance rather than any actual H&S concern.

FYI: H&S is also not responsible for stopping kids playing conkers or preventing royal wedding street parties. That was just local councils using it as an excuse.

Sincere best wishes to all the team involved, this project MUST succeed.
Concorde is an icon of aviation that must be allowed to fly, and once again leave people in awe whenever she is seen in the sky.

September 9th, 2011 at 17:05 - Chris Mcintyre said...

Hi I’m 14 and live near Manchester so as you can guess i’ve had several technical tours of G-BOAC and it has inspired my school work and my thoughts for the future .
I also feel sad that i have never been able to see any Concorde in flight and i am fully backing the work in progress and i hope my dreams of seeing this remarkable aircraft back in the skies where it belongs become a reality.
Thanks guys keep up the good work.

September 9th, 2011 at 20:17 - Martin Dennett said...

It’s a great idea, and I for one would love to see it back in the air. But it won’t happen. The CAA will not issue a CofA for it and the “maufacturer” won’t support it. It surely needs new parts after 8 years of standing idle, and Airbus won’t release or make them. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how much funding is raised, whether it be through public donations or any other way – it isn’t going to fly.

I would love to be proved wrong, but it won’t happen. Sorry.

I am 67 years of age and have lived to enjoy and also fly on the ladies on many occasion’s. I found it very sad like so many people when Concorde’s life was ended at such an early age. One of the best things for me would be to see it in a Fly Past with the Red Arrows at the opening of the 2012 Olympics. If i could do anything to help get her back in the Air, “Count me in”

This lovely A/C sits in the hanger at Manchester its as good now as when it arrived and was put in the Hanger

Lets get the Baby Airbourne again and lets make the Olympics an openeing which the world will never forget that is an ASircraft which everbody thought was dead back again to show we in UK are the Best when it comes to an Iconic Aircraft which Britain created

Gerry

N B Tony at EGLF Hi (Gerry from X NEA)

September 10th, 2011 at 11:21 - Bernhard Lienemann said...

I had the chance to fly with the Concorde in 1995. Would be a pleasure to go on board again! Keep on, get this beauty ready again!

Regards B.Lienemann

The Brits should lead the way and wake up the Concord we gave the USA a chance to make one while ours was asleep for a while, that never happened so lets wake her up and take off again

Good Luck.

L

September 12th, 2011 at 17:48 - Jerry D said...

Great to see it living again, well done to you all on a fantastic job.
Lets hope bureaucracy moves aside, and lets this bird fly.

September 12th, 2011 at 21:25 - Rick Edwards said...

Great aircraft…………Please keep up the good work. We need this aircraft back flying. Wish we had something to replace the SR-71. I will be one of the first to fly on it from the US. If it is back in operation. Take Care Keep Flying

Why oh why does British authority try to stamp on anything British? Why does government (Ultimately) try to rip apart any pride in our country and its achievements? This aeroplane is more than a machine, it is a dream, a ghost of a dream in the hearts of our national psyche. Do not cry for Concord, do not shed tears for her. Pick up your spanners, whilst those of us unable to work that technological miracle should pick up our spirits and fight back against this persistant attempt to denigrate our country, to asset strip it and turn it into a third world slum. Stand tall men and women of Britain and help put this pinnacle of Britishness back into the air again.

Rather than just “H&S” reasons, can you be more specific then perhaps people can assist further to rectify the problem. Whomever the relevant authorities are in this case surely can’t have requested you “stop what you are doing on grounds of health and safety!”
There must be something more specific they raised eg “rusty wing bolts or out of date life jackets!” if so fix it and crack on. If not challenge it and crack on. Don’t get excited about the health and safety rehtoric just find out what the real problem is and fix it.
Looking forward to seeing it flying again…..

September 21st, 2011 at 15:38 - ray hough said...

if she flys again i hope so please name her barbara harmer after the ba concorde pilot who sadly padded away what a lovely tribune

September 21st, 2011 at 15:42 - ray hough said...

good hope they all come back to uk name her barbara harmer after ba concorde f/o who sadly passed away

Why can 70+ year old fighter planes with limited out of date technology be allowed into the sky to perform difficult aerobatic displays, when a superb example of aviation technology be kept grounded? Answer: Bureaucracy, Health and Safety, Politics, and Jobsworth attitude. They are all the downfall of everyones enjoyment and progress. All that is required is a Maintenance record, an Airworthiness Certificate and a qualified Crew…………nothing special, just common sense!!……………something too easy I reckon!

My joy when I saw ‘G-BOAC comes alive again!’ quickly turned to sorrow when I read the remaining reports. Firstly congrats to SCG for the brilliant website. I just cannot understand how the G-BOAC project can be stalled or even scrapped on H&S grounds, there is always an excuse from some people, secondly that there will be a ‘video’ or something on the Olympic opening is beyond a joke. We NEEDED to see Concorde in the sky, the Olympic opening is nothing without it. I am also seeing new BA adverts on TV with Concorde, its a distasteful betrayal as they (BA) wanted nothing to do with Concorde any more. (If they did, we would now be seeing the beautiful bird in the sky once again……..) Cannot finish here without wishing all at SCG, all the Concorde supporters, all the engineers who have given their time to her, the very best of good wishes.

i would like concorde in sky where she blongs

October 20th, 2011 at 21:06 - annonomous said...

i cant believe stupid health and safety regulations stopped this project. i would continue fixing concorde regardless of what h/s people said. it was only grounded due to BLOODY GREANPEACE B******S. keep going, fly the olympics! :)

“failiure is allways an option, but NOT IN THIS CASE!” (Mythbusters)

October 21st, 2011 at 22:51 - PAUL S said...

Get this plane back in the air. Why can’t she fly again, its the same with all our other fastest Jets, Lightning, TSR2 etc, CAA, WE NEED OUR ALL OUR BEST BRITISH JETS FLYING AGAIN
BA sort yourself out, and you should NOT have a Concorde on your advert if none of them are aloud to fly. H&S Get a life!, We have the engineers to sort any problems out, What a disgrace,she is a legend for Gods sake. Hope your all reading this, make this country GREAT again please, but I’m not holding my breath.

November 19th, 2011 at 17:15 - Martin Chistopher said...

I’m sure if the Vulcan was restored and allowed to fly again concorde should be able to I can’t see why the HSE are putting spanners in the works . It would be great to see flying again even if only at airshows and special occasions ! :)

November 20th, 2011 at 10:35 - Michael Nock said...

Well done to all those engineers for getting so close, As a former Rigger in the RAF i realise the tremendous efforts that have gone into this project.
What i can understand is the need of the government to keep this iconic aircraft on the ground, as was demonstrated when it went out of commission,and a specific airline wanted to purchase these supersonic birds, but threatened BA declined (spoilt child).
i do hope this is not all happening again and we see this fine machine, an example of european engineering at its best reach for the skys once again.

its disgusting that it has to be left to rot and i for 1 would love to see the bird flying again not only for old times but for futer flights to and agree health and safty need s to be looked at by are govern ment as its crippling the counrty in all aspects of work where commen sence has been replaced by imture indivduals who came up with it in the first place and it s the very fabric that halts many bussiness in uk to day so hope we can lift a prayer to the heavens to lift the curse of this counrty and let commen sence prevail and see this magnifcent bird flying again

I’m backing the project all the way! I think it was a step back grounding all the concorde fleet, this amazing bird needs to be back in the air were it belongs!

December 26th, 2011 at 00:32 - Andrew McCulley said...

I’m so happy to see people taking pride in this plane, and trying to get it airworthy again. I’ve always maintained that Concorde was the last glamorous incarnation of commercial flight. If any plane deserves attention and publicity, it’s Concorde. I find it extremely upsetting that the government is halting progress on such a symbol of British national pride. That people would work on the plane voluntarily shows the following and affection people have towards Concorde. This is an example of government doing what it does best…more harm than good.

December 30th, 2011 at 22:05 - Bill Chan said...

Hi many thanks i would love to ride this plane whereas i would gladly have researched that the creash in Charles de Gauille was a piece of metal left on the runway by an Boeing 777-200.Please I would like this plane to be on the airliners again and why would they want the A380 its just like cost as much as the concorde whereas the concorde could take less fuel and less time to fly to other place becasue of its streamline body shape.Compare that to the A380 it has 2 floors and could hold a lot of people yes that is good for capacity but it could have electricall faulty in the first clas cabin with the most electric and the showers.I have experineced.

I would like to see the cncorde back in business with every airliner buyer it in the next 1-3 year and i would like to go and ride it because i adore this plane.

January 6th, 2012 at 21:48 - Jerry Coles said...

Just returned from a Christmas Cruise where Ricky Bastin gave 6 superb talks on Concorde.
What he says is with the knowledge and authority of a top Concorde engineer.If he say’s Concorde can fly again then YES it can!! He’s the expert, lets get rid of the politicians, bigots and BA management and let Concorde once again be the pride of Britain (and two fingers to the French too!! [and we know where that expression originated!]))
Cheers Ricky

January 10th, 2012 at 02:15 - wesley holt said...

stupid health and safety, why can’t she fly again we only want one concorde back in the air but health & safety say she’s not safe to fly when she is

We’re a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with helpful info to work on. You have performed a formidable activity and our whole neighborhood shall be grateful to you.

H&S is a joke claim culture and the rest this country will be on its knees in a few years if we keep going on like this. Yes take all precautions you can no ones saying anyone should work and expose themselves to danger but come on look how many accidents there are now its no better if not a lot worse than 10 or 20 years ago. lets stop closing everything down grounding every aircraft not allowing this and that. Concorde should be flying with the reds and Vulcan over the olympics what a spectacle it would be.Sorry we need to cancel the olympics in case someone falls over in an event and claims thousands from the olympic comittee because there wasnt a wet floor sign on the track come on britain wake up now!!!

January 22nd, 2012 at 19:20 - Kirk C said...

beguiled to the silly health and safety reg’s
i know comncorde is safe to fly it flew in there and it would fly again. with no problem.
wasn’t that long since it’s been Idle.
shouldnt be too many issue’s like hydralic’s or engine’s

.

February 8th, 2012 at 12:57 - Steve said...

The Kind of people that are stopping Concorde from flying are the most dangerous to all of us. They drive on motorways on the middle at 50 miles an hour contemplating to move to the outside lane because the’re Sat Nat that they set right in front of the screen tell them to turn right at the next junction.

June 8th, 2012 at 23:24 - saskia-voorbach@hetnet.nl said...

Please,

Let Concorde fly again!!!

June 9th, 2012 at 22:07 - saskia-voorbach@hetnet.nl said...

Please a fly-pass with the the GBOAF!

June 10th, 2012 at 20:18 - Mr S Poulter said...

Just seen the Concorde at LHR Newly painted and looking brilliant. She just behind Hatton Cross Tube station. She look almost ready to fly. I Just wonder. So these kind ppl say heal th and safety? Hmmmmmmmm Wonder if the Heathrow guys want to get there first? lol.

June 24th, 2012 at 19:36 - Brian Roach said...

I have heard that Airbus may bring in a French built Concorde dressed in BA livery and as it would take off and land at Toluise it would circumvent the udiots.

July 5th, 2012 at 10:45 - Mia said...

I don’t see why the concorde should be banned! What about the QANTAS planes that have always crashed! there is no real reason for her crash!

July 28th, 2012 at 05:20 - fail said...

No concorde at the opening show. Fail.

The Best of British Technology, this plane must come back into service, there is no other plane on this planet that can come anywhere near. I am sure Sir Richard Branson will be very interested.

October 7th, 2012 at 20:13 - Ross King said...

Knowing some of the difficult history of how Concorde made it to being…and then onto become a commercial carrier it was through government (perhaps poorly miscalculating) but by accident giving the British and French nations something to be proud of. The Americans pulling out to fund the vastly more commercially viable 747 Jumbo. I ask all, impressive as the vastness of these vessels flying through the air with their capacity, can they mount a challenge to the beauty and the speed of the beautiful concorde. even the Jumbo creaters must concede.
Is the world to accept that, in this global age that, we must travel ‘slow’? If technology of the 50s could develop a plane of such beauty and beauracracy and circumstance ground such innovation surely there is teh capability to bring this bird back to life that could confirm to such restraints of today’s green stipulations.
The blueprint is there. The shell is there. The skills must be their. Who could sponsor this into life? Somehting of inspiration taht could kick-start an economy so bereft of inspiration now?
The plea is there. I’m sure I’m not alone in my thoughts!!!

October 7th, 2012 at 20:15 - Ross King said...

To the moderators…please could you aid me in correcting some of the spelling. The passion has obviously falen out of my fingers :)

We must see this great plane fly again,the Vulcan stops flying in 2013 we need another great plane too take its place. Hope somebody in the know achieves it good luck.

December 11th, 2012 at 23:52 - Àmanda Huggenkiss said...

A shame to see tjis aircraft grounded. If they can bring back the vulcan they can bring back the concorde.

January 5th, 2013 at 03:43 - John Rosten said...

As part of a world trip from Sydney, my late wife & I had the privilege of flying on “Alpha Charlie” BA001 London New York on 12 May 1996. Wonderful experience, wonderful memories. A long held dream was fulfilled. I still have menus, folders, pens, boarding pass, baggage labels etc. I remember the enthusiasm of the crew, who expressed their excitement in flying Concorde. An excitement which they said “never wanes” . This magnificent aircraft should still be flying. Hope to get Manchester this year to relive some wonderful memories. Every good wish in your endeavors.

January 5th, 2013 at 21:14 - Mick hicks said...

Most beautiful plane in the world get it back in the air or design a new one.dont go backwards with technology move forward.airliners bigger today & fuel efficient but for 50 years not any faster.for gods sake build on concordes success.

January 5th, 2013 at 21:26 - Mick hicks said...

What aircraft manufactures should be doing is designing faster jets.people want to get from A to B quickly but we aren’t going much quicker after 50 years. Get Concorde flying again and show at farnborough.and who knows airbus & Boeing might get together to make a bigger more efficient Concorde. Surely with today’s technology they can do it.40 plus years old and still Concorde looks beautiful and futuristic. So come on designers lets design the future Concorde.im sure Richard B would agree with me along with millions others around the globe.

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May 22nd, 2013 at 13:12 - SteveINtheUKok said...

I used to live near Heathrow and thought the world was coming to an end as I sat at the traffic lights near to Tesco and everything started to shake and a loud roar filled my ears….which I quickly discovered was Concorde taking off, it certainly didn’t tip toe.

However take a step backwards and view it from a distance and I was always amazed at how the 747s struggled as hard as they could to gain any height and keep going in a forwards direction, then Concorde would zip past like a hot knife through butter and all you could think was, this thing was meant to fly.

It pretty much always left on time, you could set your watch by its roar.

Such a shame we did not keep one in a flyable state, sadly the paranoia of BA in case Virgin or someone else bought one killed those ideas.

Hopefully someone can again get this beautiful thing back in the air, its always a true delight to see how it SHOULD be done with true grace and style and seemingly little effort, like a swan on a lake.

Some people think you only have to press harder on the accelerator to get something to move faster but as with the design firsts on Concorde, real life is a little more complicated, things bend and stretch with heat and fatigue over time wears out parts. Moving a craft at high speed takes much more fuel and much more equipment costs, it may be out with our everyday reach until materials advance much farther to bring costs down, reduce noise, increase fuel efficiency, etc. So please bear the realities in mind when demanding a new craft to supersede Concorde.

June 19th, 2013 at 22:38 - ian s said...

I don’t know why this plane was grounded in the first place. The BA concordes were always well maintained and even the French crash was the fault of a Boeing. The planes at heathrow and manchester have been well maintaied and im sure with a dedicated team she could fly again. Also the 2 BA concordes in America and the one in Barbados need to be brought home. I read someware that they are neglected and one has even had its nose knocked off. Sell all 7 to Mr branson….BA, this is no way to treat your former flagship,

I could swear I just saw a Concorde fly over our house in Southampton. It looked just like Concorde, definitely wasn’t a Vulcan, and it was the familiar white fuselage.

Can anyone confirm my sighting? It didn’t show up on Flightradar24.com

Well scratch that I guess. Just saw the Vulcan is due to fly over Goodwood right now, which is the right time. At a distance the light grey of the fuselage must have looked almost white.

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