|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):|
They should find a place for it where it's more visible, not just to departing aircraft, like the AF Concorde at CDG which is readily seen from many taxiing aircraft.
As I indicated in the thread opener I believe that 'AB was removed from its former display position between the holding areas for aircraft departing from either 27L and 27R because of the construction of the new T1. As I have already indicated I believe it will be moved back to its original or a nearby display position. This will make it visible from all aircraft taxiing to these holding areas and again as they start their take-off roll. It will also be visible from some aircraft taxiing to and from T1 whichever runway they have already or are about to use. I cannot identify any other area at LHR
where it could be parked and seen by passengers on more aircraft. So it would be interesting to learn of any such location you have in mind.
We cannot blame BA
for the current absence of an aircraft from their fleet on display at LHR
. The only part of LHR
controlled by BA
is their Maintenance Area on which they own a 150 year ground lease. And that is where 'AB has spent the last several years.
Before Concorde was retired the best part of ten years ago every aircraft in BA
's fleet was offered out on non-chargeable loan to locations deemed appropriate by BA
. Each of the recipients on this offer excepting only Heathrow Airport Ltd accepted the offer and long ago provided appropriate parking and / or viewing facilities (although 'AF has been temporarily removed from display while new display facilities are built) :
is undercover at East Fortune Museum of Flight, Edinburgh and can be viewed internally and externally
is also kept undercover and can be viewed internally and externally at the Visitors' Park, MAN
is at the Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum, on the Hudson, New York and can be viewed internally and externally
is housed under cover and offers the visitor a comprehensive Concorde Experience at BGI
will be housed in the new Bristol Aerospace Centre currently under construction at a cost of £13 million
is parked outside at the Museum of Flight at Seattle can be toured by visitors
How, where, if and when 'AB finds a permanent location at its operational home for so many years is down to Heathrow Airport Ltd and not BA
. The airline can only agree to or reject any proposal HAL make. But the above brief description of BA
Concorde locations illustrates the efforts those organisations backed by BA
have made to preserve an important technological heritage.