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What´s Going To Happen To Concorde 202 (G-BBDG)?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:45 pm

Hello everybody,

with museums around the world willing to give an arm and a leg for a Concorde, what´s going to happen to this one?


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Is it feasible to have her restored (of course not to being airworthy again) and display her?

I mean, it´s bad enough AF crashed and scrapped one production plane each, but at least the French preserved the prototype at LBG, the pre-production at ORY and the first production at TLS. The Britons only preserved the prototype at YEO and the pre-production at QFO, while the historical first British production seems quite derelict at FZO.

A pity sure - but a permanent one?

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RE: What´s Going To Happen To Concorde 202 (G-BBDG)?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 11:35 pm

After BAe retired 202, we made great use of it as a source of spares for 20 years.
BA purchased the then already grounded 202 in 1984, when BA took over the running of Concorde when the subsidy ended, buying it and the UK spares holding.
Preferable I think to using 211, a full production aircraft, for spares as AF did.
202 could be cut up for two reasons, it would require a lot of expense to bring it up to a displayable standard, who pays? BA won't.
Filton want G-BOAF (a/c 216, they assembled this aircraft, the last Concorde built), so space for both 202 and 216 could become a problem.
The Science Museum want a Concorde cockpit section, rather than cut up an intact aircraft recently retired, 202 could be a candidate, as you'd only have to restore one part of the aircraft.
But nothing seems to have been decided yet.
216 actually has 202's nose, after a ground handling incident in 1996 damaged the nose section.
 
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RE: What´s Going To Happen To Concorde 202 (G-BBDG)?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:42 am

One of my thoughts has been that there is a possibility that one of the BA aircraft at HR may have to get cut up as getting them out by road could prove impossible, although I heard a few are wating with interest to see how our German friends move F-BVFB by road.

Maybe if one of the BA Concordes gets cuts up at HR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR, parts from this could go to re-furbishing 202, as Filton's Concorde. By the time they get a museum down there it will be ready.

This will leave the 5 flyable aircraft to go to other museums.

Even if one was to get cut up part of it could go on show still in a UK museum, as long as a nose can be sourced.

201 is not really preserved at Toulouse, more like left outside to rot. Many in France feel they do not deserver another one.

The remains of 211 F-BVFD still exist. it was cut up and put in a hanger on the rother side of the Le Bourget runway from the museum, next to the hanger with FBTSC's remains are.

In one shape or form, all 20 Concorde that were built are still around.

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