Firstly, while I fully understand why many (except that troll above who knows NOTHING of this industry, on here ), desire to see a Concorde fly again, the answer to that is;
'Got a spare £100-150 million?'
Yes, around that much.
Being a very, very, small fleet, with little in common with that great mass of subsonics out there, a specific support network was needed-not only from the descendents of the manufacturers, but many more contractors.
Let me tell you, keeping that running was a major and expensive task while the fleet was operational.
Such a small fleet, what happens where you re-order a new batch of spares, is the original provider still certified? Is it even still in business?
If the former, do we pay to get them re-certified, or look elsewhere?
There were reasons why BA
never specified a retirement date, one was because neither had one, but if they had, the suppiliers would work towards that, running down as that date approached-but what then if the airlines had a change of mind?
(whose commitment to support saved the aircraft in 1982/3 AND
in 2000/1), looked long and hard at a 'Heritage Flight' aircraft.
This was in 2003, the answer-even with one (subsonic restricted) aircraft for the airshow circuit, the support costs for this would not differ too much from the costs of running a fleet in commercial operation.
So where's the cash coming from?
Fancy going to airshow people saying 'yeah, we'll provide Concorde G-BOAG, first lets have several tens of millions of £ for it's appearence'.
Not going to happen is it?
Please, please do NOT give a penny nor a dime to SCG.
If a member of them on here, is warning you about them, well think on.
They have zero credibility with those whose help they'd need to see one flying.
Worse, they've actively annoyed them more than once.
I've had (not officially) the 'pleasure' of meeting their founders.
They've not a clue about what is involved, when you tell them, they don't like it.
Then act in denial.
Branson just did a cheap PR
stunt in 2003.
In the May, he was told, to his face, by the CAA and Airbus, it was not going to happen, yet still he carried on, wonder why?
But he was a genuine fan, I admit.
A regular enough customer on BA
Concorde-as a billionaire it was of course expected that as an airline employee, he'd buy Industry Discount tickets for the flights-despite them being standby ones.
Nice to have had your FULL financial support there Dicky (Not!)
Some of you will know that the several year long project to return a Vuclan to flight, very nearly ended last month, only a big single donation allowed it to carry on.
After large cost overruns.
Many more Vulcans were built than Concordes, many many more people had direct experience with it, the spares holding would have been massive compared to Concordes.
Yet still, it very nearly collapsed.
And Concorde is literally, an order of magnitude more complex than Vulcan.
The bottom line here is, if preserving a Concorde was possible, BA
would have done so.
also allowed a senior pilot, to explore a possible alliance with others to re-launch commercial services, with BA
being a partner, but though I don't know for sure here, I suspect AF
's fast and determined retirement scuppered this, but you wonder if Branson was approached during this, if so, was he really prepared to put his money where his mouth was?
Or was it really about trying to get an airframe, not fly it, but paint it in his colours and stick it in a museum too?
We have professional, knowledgeable VS
people on here, one I think who was ex BA
Concorde, ask them if it was ever really a serious idea.
have NOTHING to be ashamed about the retirement.
And yes, I still really miss it.