Shamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 285 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2587 times:
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?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2551 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
Shamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 285 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
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?
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21310 posts, RR: 60 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2465 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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Scotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 546 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2387 times:
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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Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2561 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2278 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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GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2214 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.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2134 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'.