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!