Fly2HMO
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Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 3:54 am

What is this Concorde doing to the right of rwy 23? Did somebody forget it there? Did it escape the butcher?

Or is that a FOR SALE sign I see posted in its front door!?!?!  Big thumbs up


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EDIT: oh yeah!! 200 posts and counting  Big thumbs up

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BritPilot777
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 3:57 am

It's there as a Showpiece I guess you can say.

Must say, there must have been better things to do with it then leaving out in the middle of no where.
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Fly2HMO
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 4:04 am

Anybody know if its flyable?
 
mikedlayer
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 4:10 am

I believe its now not flyable. I believe it is waiting there until it's new home is ready, the display stand in the middle of the new Terminal 5. Going to be great Big grin

Mike
 
rojo
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 4:41 am

It looks great from your window seat when taxing on runway 23... it was a big surprise for me.
 
buckfifty
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 4:47 am

I think it gets moved around quite a lot. The last three times I've been to LHR, it's always in a different place.
 
pelican
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 4:49 am

Yea, Rojo I was surprised too, when I saw these beautiful bird out of my window.
I like the position of this Concorde. It's a highlight during taxiing.
 
AvObserver
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 5:44 am

NO Concorde will be butchered unless you refer to the apparent stripping of interior and other spare parts sold off in the recent auction. Even this was a travesty to me, though of course there's no practical reason NOT to sell them off, now. Of course, it's not now flyable; it's been months since Airbus pulled the type certificate. But let all Concordes not suffer any further cannibalizing for an auction, regardless of how worthy the cause may be. It's just not right!  Crying
 
Leezyjet
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 5:54 am

AvObserver,

NO Concorde's have been cannibalised for auction.

All the parts auctioned off were surplus to requirements after all the parts to restore G-BOAA and G-BBDG had been taken out of the spares pool.

What was auctioned off was what remained of the spares no longer needed.

Buckfifity,

Don't know when those last 3 times were, but it's been there for a good few months now and will stay there until T5 is finished and it's new display site has been prepared, so for another couple of years at least.

That spot was chosen so as to place the a/c in the most visible place for people to see her - as it is clearly visible from the visitors centre.

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LHRman
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 5:55 am

Concorde is there for display at the moment until T5 is ready in which it will displayed there. (Much like Mike Said). It has been there now for around 2 months after being moved back and fourth from the hanger several times to insure the aircraft was ok in the place they wanted to put it. The aircraft is now flyable as it is G-BOAB and never had the new safety checks done on it in the first place. Sad The last time it flew was Aug 2000 (I think). It will not fly again which is the biggest shame ever. I look forward to seeing it in T5 as I will be interested in where they put it!

Thanks Dave  Big thumbs up

P.s The best person to ask is Gordon Roxburgh or visit www.concordesst.com
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na
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 6:11 am

After landing at LHR last week there were many passengers onboard my plane wondering wether the Concorde ist still active. I have to say I quite liked it to see the Concorde as if it had just landed rather than having it parked cramped into a museum. Btw not far from it there is a Trident in 70s BEA colours standing.
 
TFJamie
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 6:17 am

It was a wonderful surprise to taxi by the plane and see it standing there graceful as ever (Unfortunately it was raining and the only photo I got was blurred by raindrops on the window, as can be seen in my only trip report). At least the many tens of thousands of passengers that pass through LHR any day can enjoy that sight instead of having it somewhere in a museum where a few go.
 
Leezyjet
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 6:29 am

"Btw not far from it there is a Trident in 70s BEA colours standing"


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It really is in great condition both inside and out.

Have a look here :-

http://www.s4ssl.co.uk/trident/save-the-trident.htm

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GBOAF
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 10:18 am

Unfortunately,

G-BOAB wil never be able to fly again.

It is one of the concordes that has had her engines removed, and much of the a/c is now kitted out with copies of BA Highlife magazines....no joke!!!(in the hold and the cabin....to keep the a/c similiar to tis original weight with fuel)


The only a/c with the engines are;

G-BOAC..... At MAN

G-BOAE..... At BGI

G-BOAF.... At Filton, Bristol

G-BOAG.... At The museum of flight, Seattle, USA

Cheers, G-BOAF
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BritPilot777
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sat May 08, 2004 8:43 pm

Does anyone know where abouts in or around T5 at LHR they are gonna place her? She gonna be at the entrance to the terminal or going to remain airside?
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meister808
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sun May 09, 2004 1:11 am

It doesn't seem to make too much sense to me to keep a 'collectible' aircraft sitting out in the elements. I mean, great, but people will get a chance to see it once it is in the terminal, so why don't they take up some hangar space with it until then? I mean, clearly the weathering is no good for it, and, in a worst-case scenario, there is an accident or something and someone runs into it.. how is that possibly a good place for it?

-Meister

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Leezyjet
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sun May 09, 2004 4:22 am

Meister,

Alot of BA's hanger space is due for demolition in the next few months so they need all the hanger space they can get. Also the public cannot see her when she's inside a hanger and they wanted to put her out on show where the most people could see her.

The current position on Runway 23 was considered the best place as there is a huge shoulder area there that does not inflict a/c taxiing past and it is also a good postion so people can see her from the visitors centre. The only vehicles that can access that part of the airport are the airport authority vehicles and you have to have a special licence to drive along the runways and taxiways so it's highly unlikely that someone would drive into her.

It really doesn't do all that much damage to the airframe by keeping it outside.

G-AXDN was outside at Duxford for about 20 years before being taken into the hanger permanently and it had very little corrosion and G-BOAB had a full re-paint just prior to being put outside on display so it should be good for a few years yet.

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"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
 
voodoo
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RE: Concorde Parked At LHR

Sun May 09, 2004 4:29 am

Whats happened to the one in Barbados? In a recently released Just Planes DVD you can see it parked in front of the BGI control tower. Is it still there?
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