MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10504 posts, RR: 38 Posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
I just saw this on the ConcordeSST forum.
From the Bristol Evening Post
Fears are growing that Bristol's Concorde could be mothballed
FEARS are growing that Bristol's Concorde could be mothballed in a hangar and permanently closed as a visitor attraction.
The iconic aeroplane has been open to visitors at Filton since 2005, but today the Evening Post can exclusively reveal that the attraction will close in the autumn – with the supersonic plane being moved into a hangar on October 15 for maintenance to be carried out.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4211 posts, RR: 35 Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
I visited it last year and to me it seems they might stuggle to be an economical operation. The area is not public accessible so the handful of visitors have to be taken by a special bus. With 10-15 GBP revenue for each visitor, it takes too much overhead; they need staff and permits to drive over the Airbus factory. I can imagine they might at least close it at the winter times.
It should be much easier to make some money with the Manchester, Le Bourget, Boeing Field etc and even Edinburgh Concordes which are easier to visit.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Nothing specific on this, other to add that the reasons why the Concorde mentioned here last month in France, like all the rest, is a £150M pipe dream when it comes to flying, apply as much, if not more here, with G-BOAF.
Can we please not regurgitate all that again?
There is a recession, therefore museums are suffering too, something like G-BOAF at FZO, which is an impressive attraction, is one attraction out on it's own, not like say going to visit the range of different museums in London.
I also heard, a couple of years ago, what is IMHO the very best Concorde to see in a museum, G-BBDG at Brooklands, has struggled to get the expected numbers, and this before the recession.
So as before, to those who think that they will see a Concorde fly again, not only will it not happen but if you are interested/concerned about these preserved aircraft, go visit.
Visit as many as you can, encourage others, take a party of visitors.
This is a real contribution you can make to the future of these remarkable aircraft.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12970 posts, RR: 79 Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3236 times:
A look at a forum which has those involved with G-BOAF as members as well as from the others, shows that this is routine maintenance, to ensure the long term viability of the aircraft.
Just like BA said they would ensure was the case.
Being at FZO, the work is to be carried out by Airbus technical staff.
So, a good news story it seems.
Always best to look behind the headlines.
vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1395 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2633 times:
I hope you are all correct in saying it will be moved to the hanger for maintenance, however I heard on the grapevine that Airbus need the site where it is kept and have asked for it to be moved completely off site or they would put it in the hanger. They were also supposed to have said that they will now only support one heritage Concorde and that would be the one at Toulouse.
NQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2370 times:
That thing certainly won't be flying. Its such a shame
Quoting vc10 (Reply 8): I hope you are all correct in saying it will be moved to the hanger for maintenance, however I heard on the grapevine that Airbus need the site where it is kept and have asked for it to be moved completely off site or they would put it in the hanger. They were also supposed to have said that they will now only support one heritage Concorde and that would be the one at Toulouse.
There is lots of room at FZO though, seems a strange excuse- if true.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12970 posts, RR: 79 Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
On my visit to FZO in 2007 it was mentioned that the current site of OAF was nor ideal nor long term.
But remember, OAF does not belong to Airbus, but to BA.
Considering how eager they were at FZO to get OAF, I'd be surprised if there was not a plan 'b' for elsewhere on the site.