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Visiting Concorde In Manchester  
User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2980 times:
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I'm going to Manchester for a long weekend on Nov 25th - 28th and would love to see the Concorde at Manchester Airport.

Does anybody know what the set up is at the viewing area? Is it open all day every day and can you just walk up and view the aircraft? And are you allowed enter the aircraft? In March I was in the Corcorde in New York, are the two viewing areas similar?


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User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Quoting Shamrocka330 (Thread starter):
Is it open all day every day and can you just walk up and view the aircraft?

You have to wait to take a tour. A tour costs 12 Pounds. I think its open daily.

[Edited 2005-10-26 19:34:44]


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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

Try:

http://www.manairport.co.uk/web.nsf/Content/Concorde



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

A year ago, Neil at MAN, who helps to look after OAC, who I know, managed to get a public free day arranged for Concordesst.com members.
I went up (via BA A319) to give an in depth cockpit tour, hopefully it might be possible to do this again sometime, but I'm very aware that Neil is very busy now, what with the Trident reassembly going on, and he is an employee there.
(Neil looked after the Trident at LHR for many years).

But hopefully, one day we might be able to repeat this, (but odd for me, without thinking, due force of habit, I tried to switch the power on for the flight deck systems, of course that was removed as part of the decommissioning, power being provided for lighting only from the grid).

But I can highly recommend the MAN Concorde, for accessibility even on a normal public tour, Neil does a great job keeping OAC looking good.

I took OAC to JFK in Sept 2002, sad to reflect on, but good that it's being well looked after


User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2937 times:
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Guys thanks for your help and Carduelis thanks for the link  Smile


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User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2922 times:
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Quoting GDB (Reply 3):
But I can highly recommend the MAN Concorde, for accessibility even on a normal public tour, Neil does a great job keeping OAC looking good.

The Manchester Concorde tour sounds alot better than the New York one. In New York you felt kinda rushed so it was hard to pause and appreciate the aircraft. I was also taking hundreds of photos which seemed to annoy the lady that was on duty at the time! Sorry lady but this is the first time that I've been near Concorde never mind in it so your not going to ruin it for me!

It would be great to get a tour from you GDB you seem to know absolutely everything about the aircraft! Monday is probably the best day for me to see Concorde, do they do guided tours on that day? Also what's the best way to get to the viewing park from terminal 1?



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User currently offlineShamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2906 times:
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Does the Concorde in Manchester still have its engines? The one in New York had its engines removed. Is this the case with all the other Concordes in storage? What happened to the engines?


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21474 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

The one in germany is just a walk in, look around, nobody watching you thing. It's at a silly angle which makes it really hard to get to the cockpit with people going the other direction. Pretty low rent museum they have there.


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User currently offlineMattdavies1988 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Hi,

Manchester Page has some information and photos on visiting G-BOAC at Manchester, I have also posted photos Photos on there which were taken on my visits.

Hope this helps

Matt



(edited for wrong URL)



[Edited 2005-10-26 21:53:41]

User currently offlineScotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2780 times:
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I am envy of you for going to see G-BOAC at Manchester. Do not forget about G-BOAB at Heathrow Airport (you should try to jump over the fence and run toward her near active runway LOL)
If you plan to go Edinburgh, there is one at museum (G-BOAA)

Have fun tour!!



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

I've heard great things about OAA, in the 1992-2000 cabin config, the best one we ever had.

User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

By way of comparison, I live near the Udvar-Hazy museum adjacent to IAD. We have Air France Concorde Fox-Alpha. Also, no access inside the beutiful bird, but it's still great to have her nearby, protected from the elements.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

Shamrocka330, It might be an idea to look regularly, or join, the (free) forum on www.concordesst.com
If a 'special' tour is ever possible at MAN again, that's the place to hear about it, a visit to OAA might well be in the works for sometime next year too.


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

I also strongly recommend getting to Yeovilton to see G-BSST.

It's amazing that anyone ever thought you could certify that solid nose...

Steve


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Yep, Yeovilton is a fine museum, in it's own right if you like military (i.e UK naval) aviation.

But G-BSST is very impressive and accessible, interesting for me to see the huge differences between this and production Concordes, we were on a concordesst.com tour, one of our party was a now retired Dutchman, an avionic engineer, who worked on this aircraft at Fairford and Filton until 1974. He had great insight into the various boxes related to the original cockpit/avionic equipment and test gear.
Me, I didn't recognize any of it!

Put it this way, BA did sometimes rob the odd bit off the pre production machine at Duxford, but never the vastly different G-BSST.
Today we'd call G-BSST and it's French sister 'Technology Demonstrators'.


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

The concorde at Duxford is worth looking at. Although it is a test aircraft you can get inside it.


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