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Report - Heathrow Airport's 'mini' Concorde, Brooklands

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by MarkR, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. MarkR

    MarkR 28DL Member
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    just a quick/small report on the 2nd concorde to arrive at Brooklands..

    took a quick drive there early this morning...

    this famous 'mini' concorde until recently used to sit outside the entrance tunnels into Heathrow airport..


    its now been moved to Brooklands and to be honest looks in a right shit state, the wings are broken off and its looks pretty sad just sitting there now.. lets hope they sort the thing out..




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  2. paulo999

    paulo999 28DL Regular User
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    Re: Heathrow Airport's 'mini' Concorde, Brooklands - REPORT

    The "mini" one is also known as G-CONC - it's made up registration number.

    It will be reassembled properly - the dismantling of the wings was just for transport reasons.

    It's arguable that BA really killed off Concorde. Airbus held the type certificate. When Air France pulled out, Airbus said that they would charge BA a hugely inflated cost for support. They also said they would not provide support for anyone else (i.e. Virgin). And they wouldn't be releasing technical documents that would enable another organisation to take on the type certificate.

    No type certificate = no passenger transport.

    The collective wisdom is that the Virgin effort was pure PR - Branson knew he wouldn't get support from Airbus, nor would he get a renewal on the type certificate, but was possibly simply going to have them all sprayed up in Virgin livery, flown again for a short while, then retired only months later when the certificate expired - all then heading to the museums with his branding.

    There were however two 'real' rescue plans, within BA, each headed by the most senior Concorde management pilots. Mike Bannister was attempting to get a consortium of BA and American Airlines to sustain a London-JFK route - whilst Les Brodie was looking at the last ditch option, the heritage flight, which would not have needed a conventional type certificate. As we know, neither succeeded.

    The very last glimmer of hope is that the Air France liveried F-BTSD will one day fly again. One of the youngest of that fleet, engineers are doing daily power-ups of basic systems such as hydraulics. Even so, the 'informed view' is that it'll never happen. And then what of future SST projects? They've been talked about in the last five years, but my guess is that any limited support for them that there was will rapidly be dwindling in these greener times.

    So for the time being, pinching Clarkson's epitaph for the aircraft: "if you want to see the future, you'll have to go to a museum." :(
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    Re: Heathrow Airport's 'mini' Concorde, Brooklands - REPORT

    Oh, we did ;) :)


    Concorde G-CONC 2/5ths Model Restoration Photo Diary

    Im a volunteer at Brooklands Museum, I work on G-BBDG and G-CONC, and have been working on DG for 3 years now.

    CR. :)
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