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Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:00 am

Just read this on ITV Teletext.

'Concorde Flypast Plan Axed

Plans to keep one of BA's retired Concordes airworthy for flypasts and airshows have been axed after a study found it would be too exspensive.

Four planes will instead be housed at sites in the UK while three others will go over seas, British Airways has said.

The UK planes will be kept at Bristol, Heathrow and Manchester Airportd and the Museam of Flight, Edinburgh, plus two in the US and one in Barbados'


So, this is really then end of concorde!  Sad

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Simon

[Edited 2003-10-30 16:04:45]
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:10 am

Got this from the ITV website too:

Hundreds of proposals for the future of the supersonic planes have been tendered since BA announced Concorde's demise last April.

Offers include turning one into a restaurant and another into a chamber to help scuba divers suffering from the bends.


Sky News also reporting that plans to keep one Concorde operational have been axed because it would be too costly.  Sad

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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:17 am

From the London Times:

Mr Eddington said there was no prospect of keeping one of the jets for non-commercial flights at public events. "The technical and financial challenges of keeping a Concorde airworthy are absolutely prohibitive," he said.

"Airbus has told us that they are unable to support such a project, whether it be for British Airways or anyone else."

BA also announced today that it will hold an auction of Concorde memorabilia in December to raise cash for charity. Among the lots will be a machmeter, a nose cone and seats


I'll be interested in a seat if it came with PTV  Big grin
 
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RE: Concorde - No Special Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:19 am

No surprise there, keeping one as planned, for 100 hours flying for 5 years, would cost at the very least £2 million per year.
You could not just cocoon them then return them to flight, engine runs at most every 14 days, constant attention to other systems such as hydraulics.
Airbus know that even if they did hand over responsibility to someone else, they'd likely be called in to help sort out problems.
Even with many systems disabled and it only being capable of subsonic flight.
Myself, I cannot see the point of a Concorde restricted to subsonic speeds anyway, even though it would be only for airshows/flypasts.
 
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:33 am

GDB, Do you know if BA will keep one of its Concorde ?

Air France is keeping for the moment F-BVFF, that was under a main maintenance check in April when the "retirement" was announced.
This a/c is supposed to be exposed at CDG one day... but nobody is able to give more information about this project.
I have also been told by friends from former Concorde maintenance division that a crew of Technicians has been formed to maintain ( voluntarily ) airworthy F-BTSD, stored at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
 
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 1:57 am

FLYSSC,
One is being kept at Heathrow, so I suppose that will be BA's plane.

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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:17 am

G-BOAB will be kept on display at heathrow. It has not yet been announced where it will go on display.
 
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:51 am

So where is G-BOAC going? (Again... Just curious)

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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:56 am

For details of all retirements check out

http://www.concordesst.com/latestnews.html
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 3:12 am

BOAC is flying to MAN tomorrow? Takeoff from LHR: 9.55am, landing at MAN at 11am. Where about at MAN airport will it be kept? Hopefully near the aviation viewing park  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 3:28 am

It's going tomorow? Jeez that was quick!
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RE: Concorde - No Speical Flypasts!

Fri Oct 31, 2003 3:49 am

According to http://www.concordesst.com/latestnews.html Concorde will fly to MAN! That was very quick, most of the others aren't going until mid November.

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