BA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8411 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9648 times:
Quoting Glom (Reply 8): I still think they should have hung it from the roof in Terminal 5. Maybe do some mummification on it first by removing its guts. Think of it like taxidermy. We should have Concorde stuffed.
- Now that would have been something special for sure!
G-BOAA - East Fortune, Edinburgh
G-BOAB - London Heathrow awaiting fate
G-BOAC - Aviation Viewing Park, Manchester Airport
G-BOAD - USS Intrepid, New York, USA
G-BOAE - Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados
G-BOAF - Filton, Bristol (very recently closed for maintenance with a view to reopening)
G-BOAG - Boeing Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA
Quoting Glom (Reply 8): Maybe do some mummification on it first by removing its guts. Think of it like taxidermy. We should have Concorde stuffed.
G-BOAB is pretty much empty inside already. Her flight deck instruments were used to refit G-BBDG at Brooklands, and most of the forward section's insides went with it too, seats/interior trim, carpets, toilets, etc. Last I heard, she was used to house old copies of a BA magazine.
Quoting imag (Thread starter): Concorde at LHR could potentially move to a barge on the Thames, similar to the one in New York.
This is an idea pushed around for a few years now by Club Concorde, and I have just received an email from them saying they are very close to it. I personally believe she should be kept at Heathrow, but at least this way would allow the tourists of London and more people to see and get close to her. The very fact that BA approve of this venture is something other groups with other goals need to be aware of, but I won't get into that. I guess the only issue now is reassembling the inside of G-BOAB to make her into one of the premier Concorde exhibits? Oh, and how to transport her down the Thames... looks like it will mean having her wings cut (as happened with G-BOAA and G-BBDG) for transportation...
AIH757 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9417 times:
Although i like the idea of this beautiful aircraft being available for more to see, which we cant deny a prime position on the Thames will offer, i cant help but feel that it would look somewhat out of place on a barge.
Take for instance G-BOAD's temporary display at the USS Intrepid, am i the only one who felt this looked out of place and just a little bit wrong?
imag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9313 times:
Looking at the pictures in the article, it looks like it will actually be a pier of sorts. I would be great to see it covered, but I don't think that would happen. That would just be too big and obstruct the aquarium building behind. It will make some great views to see it out in the open with the landmarks around South Bank.
skipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9190 times:
I was on board G-BOAD this weekend and if we manage a similar thing for G-BOAB on the South Bank I think her future would be assured. That is bang on the public face of London so there would good reason to keep her in top condition next to the (BA) London Eye, across from Parliament. She's never going to be on display at Heathrow and looking at F-BVFF at CDG, she's already beginning to look forlorn stuck up in the air like that. At least being massively in the public eye, G-BOAB would be well looked after, and visible to all on finals for 27R / L at Heathrow. Another chance to shoot Concorde on a Thames barge I think
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10171 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9174 times:
A Concorde on a Thames barge is like a fish on dry land - odd. I dont like that idea. Reserve that place for the Ark Royal after decomissioning. The best location for a Concorde would be a prominent place at LHR, on the roof of a terminal, in front of a terminal or beside the main LHR motorway exit, with easy access.
mattdell From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8151 times:
I love the Concorde, but I don't think this would look good on the Thames.
Jutting out a Concorde perpendicular to the river would consume 1/3 to maybe even 1/2 of the navigable part of the river. I just don't see London going for something like this. Not in the current proposal, at least.
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1547 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7927 times:
Guys...I know we all have a special place for the Concorde in our hearts and we want to see it in the best possible way we can (while on the ground) but we have to be realistic. G-BOAB at LHR is not doing us anything in regards to her prestige and overall purpose. While I know and can imagine it would look out of place on the Thames, it would also allow a lot of people to view her and learn about one of the most graceful planes to take to our skies. After all, Concorde is probably the only commercial aircraft to have almost the entire fleet preserved. That says a lot right their, and I think anything to get another Concorde out in public display and for more of the world to see and learn about her is a step in the right direction!
Wingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6921 times:
Here's a stupid idea - why not give the main structure to a consortium group consisting of;
a. university / educational institution
b. major airframer / manufacturer
c. prominant international airline
d. prominant national museum / trust
...then, use the parts to build a mock-up of Concorde's successor! Concorde II !!
Why does supersonic airline travel have to be over? Because of global warming?? One word : BIOFUEL.
I don't know about you, but I would much prefer to cross the pond in 2 - 3 hours instead of 6-8.
As much as I enjoy clambering all over any of the Concordes, I see all this consignment to museums like a nail in the coffin of commercial supersonic travel, and it doesn't have to be that way.
Don't get me started on the space shuttle.
The coffin has already been nailed shut, that happened in 2003. The coffin is now buried.
There will never, ever be another supersonic airliner ever again. And if someone even thinks about proposing one, I fully expect most countries to ban overflights of any such planes (which makes such planes pointless).
People want to travel very slowly in ultra cramped conditions for no more than $2. Nobody wants to fly in luxury or fast planes, or so the pundits say..
I disagree my friend. At the end of the day, innovation will always win. I bet in 1700 no one could have even dreamed of the world we have today, and I bet we can't even dream of what the world will look like in 2300. Supersonic travel will come back, the only question is when.
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: please have one flyover the stadium at the openiing of the 2012 olympics for one last time. If not its a total shame on European Aviation.
: At the moment, economics wins every time. As you might have guessed, my message was a parody of the anti-Concorde pro-economics replies we normally s
: We would have to ask Airbus for that to happen with Concorde SD and £Millions for complete RTF restoration of the aircraft, Concorde pilots simulato
: Let's be clear. G-BOAB has been hidden at Heathrow since 2003. It will never be put on public display at Heathrow as the BAA already have serioous con
: There's been talk of it ever since Save Concorde Group came into existance. Lots and lots of talk (mostly "behind the scenes", but no actual real act
: Sticking her on a barge is just the British weak minded way of copying ideas from USA again. There are tons of spaces along the Thames where she could
: As a traveler - I AVOID Heathrow if at all possible - it is a terrible place to spend time (as are most airports - but Heathrow is legendary as bad).
: I think it is a much better place to have it and they should consider doing the same in Paris with the Concorde that is on display at CDG. What is th
: How about putting it inside Battersea power station and turn the latter into a museum ala Tate modern? Kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Not sure of dimensio
: You're not a London local are you.... There's nothing at Battersea that compares to that iconic spot with Parliament, Heathrow finals, the London Eye
: I suppose people are quite like water...formless/shapeless and would fill any offered gap or space. Adding the Concorde to this mix would be awesome.
: As you state you are a traveller, instead of going via the dreaded LHR, fly instead to MAN where you can see a very good concorde under cover and hav
: I've just been told today that 3 concorde are going to be reactivated and returned to service to operate 6 x daily LCY-LGA flights. They will get an a
: But Battersea will soon receive the US embassy and maybe a tube line. It's all part of the plan for regeneration. Nothing is better for regeneration
: Wow. What planet did you hear that on? We're having enough trouble fuding Crossrail and there is absolutely no plan to build a new Tube line, certain
: Ah I love the sarcasm that a Concorde Return to Flight forum brings... This made my day. Unless of course you were being serious in which case where
: http://www.battersea-powerstation.co...s/a-sustainable-transport-solution The company redeveloping the area would pay for it.
: I really support the Thames display idea - Where it is proposed it already a beautiful area and I can only see it getting better still!
: I find the idea of such plane displayed on a river kind of strange (be it in London or NYC). I feel it doesn't belong. I quite like the CDG diplay wit
: I would rather not see AB like the one in France. I am not convinced FF is looked after to the same standards as the proper exhibits e.g. G-BOAC or F-
: The huge advantage of displaying Concorde on a purpose-built pier on the Thames alongside the old County Hall is the vistas it will create. The view f