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Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!  
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Just read this on ITV Teletext.

'Concorde Flypast Plan Axed

Plans to keep one of BA's retired Concordes airworthy for flypasts and airshows have been axed after a study found it would be too exspensive.

Four planes will instead be housed at sites in the UK while three others will go over seas, British Airways has said.

The UK planes will be kept at Bristol, Heathrow and Manchester Airportd and the Museam of Flight, Edinburgh, plus two in the US and one in Barbados'


So, this is really then end of concorde!  Sad

Cheers,
Simon

[Edited 2003-10-30 16:04:45]


Simon - London-Aviation.com
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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Got this from the ITV website too:

Hundreds of proposals for the future of the supersonic planes have been tendered since BA announced Concorde's demise last April.

Offers include turning one into a restaurant and another into a chamber to help scuba divers suffering from the bends.


Sky News also reporting that plans to keep one Concorde operational have been axed because it would be too costly.  Sad

DC-10


User currently offlineHeyMach From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

From the London Times:

Mr Eddington said there was no prospect of keeping one of the jets for non-commercial flights at public events. "The technical and financial challenges of keeping a Concorde airworthy are absolutely prohibitive," he said.

"Airbus has told us that they are unable to support such a project, whether it be for British Airways or anyone else."

BA also announced today that it will hold an auction of Concorde memorabilia in December to raise cash for charity. Among the lots will be a machmeter, a nose cone and seats


I'll be interested in a seat if it came with PTV  Big grin


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13170 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

No surprise there, keeping one as planned, for 100 hours flying for 5 years, would cost at the very least £2 million per year.
You could not just cocoon them then return them to flight, engine runs at most every 14 days, constant attention to other systems such as hydraulics.
Airbus know that even if they did hand over responsibility to someone else, they'd likely be called in to help sort out problems.
Even with many systems disabled and it only being capable of subsonic flight.
Myself, I cannot see the point of a Concorde restricted to subsonic speeds anyway, even though it would be only for airshows/flypasts.


User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

GDB, Do you know if BA will keep one of its Concorde ?

Air France is keeping for the moment F-BVFF, that was under a main maintenance check in April when the "retirement" was announced.
This a/c is supposed to be exposed at CDG one day... but nobody is able to give more information about this project.
I have also been told by friends from former Concorde maintenance division that a crew of Technicians has been formed to maintain ( voluntarily ) airworthy F-BTSD, stored at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

FLYSSC,
One is being kept at Heathrow, so I suppose that will be BA's plane.

Cheers

Simon



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

G-BOAB will be kept on display at heathrow. It has not yet been announced where it will go on display.

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

So where is G-BOAC going? (Again... Just curious)

a.w.


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

For details of all retirements check out

http://www.concordesst.com/latestnews.html



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

BOAC is flying to MAN tomorrow? Takeoff from LHR: 9.55am, landing at MAN at 11am. Where about at MAN airport will it be kept? Hopefully near the aviation viewing park  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

DC-10


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

It's going tomorow? Jeez that was quick!


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

According to http://www.concordesst.com/latestnews.html Concorde will fly to MAN! That was very quick, most of the others aren't going until mid November.

DC-10


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