If they have that in mind, it's no surprise that the candidate for future flights would be preserved in Toulouse.It has happened before. For the TU-144 for instance that the US have restored to fly condition. What if they want to build a supersonic in 10 years. Getting the concorde to fly again as a testbed would probably be invaluable.
A380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1087 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
I agree it seems unlikely but could you elaborate a little. Do we know if they have kept toolings for instance? Flightsims? Some spare parts? Have they trown away everything? Why are they preserving it? I mean even the pitot tube seems protected!
Cha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 773 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 3425 times:
This is verbatim from The Concorde Story: 21 years in service by Captain Christopher Orlebar:
In October 1978 the jigs used to manufacture Concorde were removed from the Brabazon Hangars at Filton for storage at Wroughton, near Swindon in Wiltshire, against the possibility that there might be a demand for more Concordes. However, the French had, by December 1977, not only removed but disposed of their jigs; with their capability gone further production of Concordes would have been an extra expense. On 31 December 1980 it was announced that the production phase of Concorde had ended, but it was not until October 1981 that disposal to scrap merchants of the stored British jigs began.
This is not to say that it could be resurrected (no mention of plans being destroyed as was widely publicized for NASA's Apollo program). Will current Concordes fly again? Who knows...perhaps if our President wants to use them to find WMD in Iraq, then maybe In anycase, I hope we'll see another SST but I'm not sure it'll be in my lifetime. Concorde was truly an historic achievement.
[Edited 2004-03-18 19:12:58]
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
A380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1087 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 3333 times:
Let's be more precise. It has occurred to me that Concorde is not in service anymore. I am just puzzled by the obvious protection they have put on one of the aircraft in Toulouse. Is it possible that airbus is preserving one airplane, not knowing themselves whether they will ever fly it again or not? But just in case, they won't let it decay like all the others.
NORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
Whats it got to do with Airbus ??, the French connection was Aerospatiealle, I bet it is protected because they want it look good when they move it to a museum and they may want to run it occasionally (not fly !!).
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 2805 times:
A380900, did you not catch all of the elaborate posts since last year's retirement announcement-just over a year ago, wasn't it?-made by member GDB, the guy who works for British Airways and who worked in their Concorde operation? I'd have thought his VAST espousal on the subject would have things quite clear by now. Concorde is dead-except in our memories-let it rest in peace.