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Concorde’s replacement at Heathrow is finally in place

July 23, 2008

Well, it’s been a while since I reported the model of Concorde, guardian of the Heathrow roundabout, had been retired to Brooklands museum. It’s replacement, the A380 model owned by Emirates, has finally been installed.

It’s over 45 tonnes, and massive, bigger than the Concorde model, but what sort of impression does this give. Without being xenophobic, at a time when we should be saluting British engineering and design, blatantly displaying a foriegn companies plane at one of our main international airports, seems wrong to me.

Have a read and view the report on the construction and installation here.

Tell me what you think

Andy
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Concorde entrusted to the Americans and then damaged

July 23, 2008

British Airways, rightly or wrongly, stopped flying the Concorde’s and retired them.

Instead of offering them to a group or foundation to keep at least one of them flying (under supersonic speed) for display purposes as a mark of British engineering, they chose to place them around the world as a 3 dimensional billboard as a advert for British Airways.

Now, there was a history of ill feeling over the Concorde and America, with various action groups trying to stop her flying into American airspace and there was even talk of the Americans assisting the Russians with the russian supersonic plane, nicknamed Concordski.

However, I imagine there were some very embarrassed faces at British Airways when the news started filtering in, that Alpha Delta, the Concorde entrusted to the Intrepid Air and Sea museum, had been damaged.  Not only had it been damaged, but the iconic nose cone, so symbolic of the Concorde had been hit by a lorry.

And so unravels a long story of how the plane had been moved and placed in a sports complex etc etc.

I have placed a link below to a blog site covered by the New York times.  This gives plenty of information and room for your thoughts on this matter.  Also if you take a look in Google and look at some of the images from this Concorde, you will see the famous plane had undergone some horrific visitor damage, with paintwork and cabin seats looking very much worse for wear.

Visit the blog and please feel free to comment.  Perhaps we should persuade British Airways to return this aircraft back to the people who would love and cherish her.

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Would love to hear your views

Andy
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Farnborough 2008 so far including the Vulcan

July 18, 2008

Compare Airport Parking is running a story on Farnborough 2008, and will also be running a story after the weekend.

Some interesting reading, and of course a lovely picture of a Vulcan.

Read the story here

Andy
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A tribute to the Vulcan

July 18, 2008

Hi everyone

Now when I look around for old footage of the Vulcan or Concorde there’s always some good pickings.

However, once in a while, I come across something that really made me sit down and almost cry.

The following video on youtube by user ViddyKJB is so amazing.  The whole thing is topped off with some wonderful patriotic music.  Watch out for the skybolt version of the Vulcan.

Another thing to remember as you watch the aircrews running into those Vulcan’s is that, only the pilot and co-pilot were assured of ejecting.  The crew in the back horseshoe seats, had no ejection facility.  They only had the option to drop out via the access hatch below.  This option was even more dangerous if for some reason the landing gear was still down.  Risks of leaving the aircraft this way included hitting the landing gear struts, hitting the underside of the aircraft and risking being burnt via the engines.  Even with all these dangers, the crews readily fullfilled their duties, protecting the UK from the former USSR and nuclear war.

It’s something to think about

Andy
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I wish I worked here……near Farnborough

July 17, 2008

I found a brilliant video.  It shows the distractions that can be seen from the submitter’s window.

I am so jealous and would love to work there.

There’s even a clip of the Vulcan doing her practice circuit ready for Farnborough 2008

Andy
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The Vulcan at Farnborough.

July 17, 2008

The Vulcan is present at the Farnborough Airshow.

One visitor found a good place to go without having to pay and shot a video clip of his Vulcan experience.

I hope to find some more information on how she flew later this week

Andy
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The Emerald Cruise Ship – Last voyage

July 14, 2008

Following my upset with Thomson, I went into the shop at the weekend to discuss my unhappiness.

No joy whatsoever. Talk about changing the subject.

However, I am all paid up now, and the annoyance at their spoiling my wifes surprise blessing is negated by the fact that I am on the last cruise of the Emerald. I am able to say goodbye to the lovely ship.

A few people have asked if I know if this is definitely the last cruise. Well, as far as I am aware, this is really the end of Thomson’s relationship with this glorious ship.

However, I will be keeping an eye on matters as The Emerald will be returned to Luis Cruise Lines, who actually own the ship may possibly be running the ship under their own name. I will update when I know.

In the meantime, take a look at a couple of shots from last year. One in Istanbul and the other is my life jacket, which i’ve had for the last 10 years of traveling.

Worn once or twice a cruise for the last 10 years

Worn once or twice a cruise for the last 10 years

Andy
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I want a Concorde

July 10, 2008

I was browsing round the internet to find any details they may have on the Vulcan or Concorde and I found the following video clip.

I cannot explain my intial reaction, but I can confirm my last feeling was “I want one”.

Unfortunately after some research I found it was hand built.  However, I can imagine some fun filming where you could almost imagine it was real.

Even the sound as she flies past is amazing.

Take a look

I am sure, if you are a fan, you would want one too.

Andy
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The Thomson Emerald

July 10, 2008

I am not a happy bunny today.

My ongoing problems with Thomson continue.  My local branch seem unable to calculate my bill.

In the last month I have had the following problems:-

Cancellation of two people, extra money added to my bill rather than removed
Deposit added as a charge rather than a payment
Incorrectly informing a member of the party of missing funds when that was not the case

and the classic but most annoying

sending the paperwork for my surprise of a blessing at sea on the last ever cruise on the Emerald to my wife, who has now had the surprise spoiled, when I was promised by the staff it would be held in the office.

Upset, I am very upset that the surprise that I had planned for over a year has been spoiled.  No doubt I will be speaking to them today and probably going into the local office on Saturday.

Still, nothing would stop me going on the last ever Thomson cruise on the Emerald.  And even though my wife knows about the surprise on ship blessing.

Andy (rather upset)
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Vulcan Flies At Airshow For First Time Since 1992

July 9, 2008

The last Vulcan in an airworty condition has returned to the British airshow circuit by displaying at RAF Waddington at the weekend (5th – 6th July).

Not only did the crowd see the Vulcan displaying in a wonderful return solo flight, but it also took to the skies with the only airworthy Lancaster World War II bomber, as a tribute to Avro aircraft and a feast for the eyes for all who attended the event.

To read more on this story visit Compare-Airport-Parking.co.uk

Andy
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