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Concorde Was To Be Sunk!  
User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

Just read today that a plan was put forward to BA, to turn Concorde into an Underwater Attraction off the coast of Barbados. She was to be sunk and laid to rest on the sea bed where holiday makers would scuba-dive down to see her.

I don't know about you but I think that's absolutely crazy and I'm glad BA 'sunk' the idea.

BA are quoted as saying "It was in bad taste and would make the plane look like an old ship wreck. We decided Concorde deserved a more respectful resting place"

Couldn't agree more!

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Alex




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User currently offlineEldoylio From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 96 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Terrible idea for Concorde, agreed!

But not a bad idea for another type of aircraft. I know I would certainly pay to scuba dive down to look around a 747.

Imagine the unique perspective to be able to move around the massive airframe and view it from any angle. Being able to swim from under the wing, up to the top of the rudder before having a peek into the cockpit!

Now that would be worth trying.



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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

Yep... glad it's not Concorde!

However, to completely submerge a 747 with a tail height of just under 20m, plus leaving room for boats to be able to pass safely without grounding on the tailfin, I reckon you'd have to drop her to 30m.

That's in the realms of the PADI Advanced diver! I'm a qualified open water diver and good for 18m. Resort divers are lucky if they get much beyond 9m.

I wonder how long it would remain looking like a 747? You'd be surprised at how quickly marine ecology will sprout up over a new 'reef'!

And just think of the ecological uproar if they didn't drain it of all hydraulics, fuels etc!

Cheers!

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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

WTF? I would have expected that from AF rather than BA!


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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Yes I agree that that would have been an unworthy end for any Concorde. Since she inspired millions while in flight and is so rare it is always best to keep her in good condition in a museum for viewing rather than being ditched to produce a reef. As for using other planes, that is OK and has been done already in 1 or 2 places (I have heard of at least 1 727 being sunk).

It may interest you to know that in Trinidad a number of old buses were sunk to produce an artificial reef - but I am not aware of any diving in that area.

TrintoCan.



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User currently offlineEldoylio From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 96 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Manzoori

Your completely right, it will probably never happen. The uproar would be tremendous and it would be very difficult for the average person to be able to dive that far.

But wouldn't it be cool!



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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Concorde deserved much better than that. Thank God that BA said no to their idea. I suppose it could work with an other aircraft though.

DC-10


User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Not 100 % sure, but I remember reading an article about an aircraft which was sunk off Vancouver island. Anybody has more info on that?

User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13187 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

BA had literally 100's of bidders for the aircraft, however from the start any successful bid had preserve the aircraft in good condition for an extended period.
Any like this would not have been seriously considered for a moment, no doubt equally absurd ideas were put forward, but only serious bids from serious bidders got further consideration.
BA lease the aircraft to museums.


User currently offlineGrandTheftAero From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 254 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

WTF? Wouldn't that turn into a coral reef anyway... leaving nothing for future generations but a big crusty silhouette of the Concorde?

--Shane

[Edited 2003-12-06 19:46:01]

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Give China Airlines enough time... I'm sure they'll eventually oblige you guys with an underwater aircraft of some sort Big grin

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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

That was such a shame, that CI 744. That airplane was practically brand new when those idiots put it into the drink.


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Hmm, Air France didn't do all that much better in Tahiti, but at least they got the bird flying again.

User currently offlineVS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Air Canada recently donated an old DC-9 i believe to be sunk with the old 737 already down there.

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

There is a reef off Florida made up of Navy A-6 Intruders, Intruder Reef. anything sunk to be a reef must be totally cleaned of all potentially hazardous materials. Here in San Diego they sent an old Canadian Navy destroyer to the bottom a couple of years ago. Before sinking it was totally scrubbed, all hatches removed, extra access holes cut into it etc...

If you sink it in a designated area you don't have to go as deep and can keep it at rec diver depths.

Tony


User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

There's an environmental group in Florida that wants to sink the USS Oriskany (CV-34) as a reef of Florida. The Oriskany would become the largest object intentionally sunk to become an artificial reef. I'm personally in favor of making her into a museum, its just more dignified for a ship of her experience (Korea and Vietnam).


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