A complete set of gears, and much else besides, is in place at Brooklands.
Over the past 18 months, a bunch of people have dedicated much time and effort to get this far, whilst BA
and BAE have provided much help, it has been an enthusiast driven project.
Had they not stepped into the breach, G-BBDG
might well have been scrapped due to space considerations after G-BOAF arrived at Filton in November 2003.
As the aircraft had been stripped bare by being a BA
spares source for 20 years, in fact BA
might well have had problems sustaining the Concorde operation through the 1990's without it, when flying rates were highest.
So no matter that G-BBDG
never carried fare paying pax (last flight was 24th December 1981), it was a vital part of the Concorde operation, as the first UK production example, so much more common with service aircraft than earlier pre production models, as well as playing a vital role in pre service work, even after service entry this aircraft had an important role to play up to it's last flight.
As late as 2002/2003, DG
was used to trial the fitment of the new cockpit doors.
would have to had grounded a service aircraft for spares years ago, which would have reduced charters which allowed many to fly on Concorde at a much lower price.
is complete, it will complete a line up of Vickers/BAC airliners at Brooklands, including a Viking, Viscount, Vanguard, BAC 1-11 and VC