Concorde’s replacement at Heathrow is finally in place

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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7 Responses to “Concorde’s replacement at Heathrow is finally in place”

  1. Jonathan Heckman Says:

    Agreed. I remember seeing the Concorde the first time I arrived in Heathrow. It’s a symbol of the airport and the country.

  2. Philip Says:

    Fact: The A380s wings are made in Britain, it is a suoer critical wing and a fine piece of engineering.
    Fact: The engines are either from Rolls-Royce or the Engine Alliance, and as far as I know Rolls-Royce is British.
    My Opinion: Stop whining and broaden your mind. The A380 is a truly European product.

  3. Philip Says:

    Fact: The A380s wings are made in Britain, it is a super critical wing and a fine piece of engineering.
    Fact: The engines are either from Rolls-Royce or the Engine Alliance, and as far as I know Rolls-Royce is British.
    My Opinion: Stop whining and broaden your mind. The A380 is a truly European product.

  4. compareandy Says:

    Philip

    I can see your point about part of the plane being british and I salute that fact. However, the point that it is not a british plane, flown by a british company.

    At the end of the day everyone will have their own point and no one is right or wrong. However, look at the Vulcan, truly a british piece of engineering and the crowds that flock to view her.

    There is a line to hold, giving history and pride a place of honour. Would you suggest that Istanbul get rid of the steam engine from their international rail station (a former orient express train) just because there are newer electric trains running?

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