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Impressive wedding venue

July 22, 2009

Now I have an absolute love of Concorde.

I’ve often said how much of a shame it is for us to actually go backwards in innovation and technology by retiring her, but I am glad to see at least some of the Concorde’s are being looked after and available to all for a treat.

One of the more accessible Concorde planes is at Manchester airport. This is Concorde G-BOAC.

Here, the airport owners have not only given her a warm safe place to live but also made her easy to view and get into.

The stranger part is that she is actually a registered place to get married. Imagine explaining to your partner that you have booked the wedding venue and they find out it’s in a Concorde!. Well, I would be pleased of course, but I can imagine most people would flip.

Would you be thanked or never forgiven

Would you be thanked or never forgiven

In its time as one of the world’s most famous aircraft, Concorde G-BOAC played host to a succession of monarchs and presidents. Now it can be yours for the most wonderful day of your life – your wedding day.

Available exclusively at Manchester Airport, the flagship of the Concorde fleet is fully licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, enabling us to hold a very limited number of weddings and civil partnership ceremonies on board each year.

How cool is that.

You can read more about the Concorde at Manchester airport here

You can read more about getting married on the Concorde here

I only wish I was single again, I cannot even re-new my vows as that was done last year on a cruise ship.

Andy
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Celebrities want the Vulcan to keep flying

February 11, 2009

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Sir Richard Branson, Frederick Forsyth and Robin Gibbtrio have warned that the maintenance of the Cold War bomber is essential for encouraging design and innovation among young people.

They are suggesting that the Vulcan is included in an extended RAF Memorial flight.

Read the full article here. Alternatively, you could visit the vulcan website and make a contribution there to allow the Vulcan to remain flying without Government intervention.

Your support is needed

Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to see more

Andy
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Save the Vulcan

February 4, 2009

Please spend a couple of minutes to watch the following video, and remember why the Vulcan should return to the sky.

Your support is needed

Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to see more

Andy
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24 hour Vulcan Scramble

February 4, 2009
Help Save XH558

Help Save XH558

Father and Son, Robert and Steven Lowe, from Newark on Trent, have conceived a brilliant way of raising funds to help keep the Vulcan, XH558 flying.

The father and Son team, who will be accompanied by crew chief Taff Stone, have set themselves the target of visiting all 15 exisiting Vulcan airframes in and around the country within a 24 hour period.

They would be starting at East Fortune at 00.01 with XM597.

They will be joined on different legs by surprise guests and staged events to encourage them on their way.

Fellow club members will be acting as coordinators at each location, liaising with the museums involved, creating a presence on the day to welcome the team, as they stop by to change drivers, snap a picture and carry on with their challenge. Supporters will help explain the event and our plight to all the visitors, backed up with promotional posters and leaflets explaining the Pledge fund and the many ways people can help save the aircraft. With 850+ miles to cover, 18 hour 50 minutes journey time, it only leaves 15 minutes spare at each location – and that does not allow for traffic.

The time remaining, progress details and pledges or donations received, will be updated for all to see, together with links to partake in sponsoring of the event.

On the day, a central control room at Bruntingthorpe, “Scramble HQ” will track the team and give updated details as they progress along the route. Staff there will process Pledges collected en-route and enter onto the on-line system. You will be able to watch the progress of this event, add additional sponsorship or pledges and see the results as they happen. Official collecting tins and any donations received on the day will be added to the running total.

At all times, speed limits will be observed. It is the challenge and raising of public interest in XH558 that most appeals to the team.

By the early hours of Monday 23rd February, the club aim to have not only raised a significant level of interest, but a not too insignificant level of further funding!

But why should the public help keep this plane flying?

XH558 is the only airworthy Vulcan in the world. Restored to flight after nearly 15 years at a cost of £7million. She now faces grounding forever, unless an additional £750,000 can be raised in February enabling funds for another full air show season. Last year, she appeared in front of over 1.5 million people.
She inspires immense pride in all who see her. A full education programme is built around her, not only telling the story of the cold war era, but the value of science and technology in inspiring future engineers.
She was the “mother of concorde” – Can you help us save this iconic British Aircraft?

Andy
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Remember the Glory days of British Travel?

November 11, 2008

We already said goodbye to one of the greatest british travel and transport icons, Concorde.

Concorde was a design way ahead of its time. You knew you had made it, when you could fly across the Atlantic in Concorde.

However, there was another element of transport, the QE2, how many people could boast, they had flown supersonic to New York then sailed in style back to the UK on the QE2.? Not that many.

Now the QE2 is finally retiring, so this magnificent duo, are now both retired.

The question is, has the UK now retired?

Andy
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Is this the end for a flying Vulcan?

September 12, 2008

With a heavy heart, I have to say that the future is not looking bright for XH558, the only flyign Vulcan in the world.

After a hard first year of flying, small teething problems and cancelled airshows, the coffers are running low and some sponsors are no longer able to supply funds.

Where does this leave our iconic aircraft?  Well unfortunately, it leaves her mothballed in the hanger.

This is not a future we had all intended for our glorious Delta Winged Lady.  The original plan was to breathe another 10 – 15 years of life into this cold war jet, providing our children the education of what has happened in the past and how design and technology raises to the challenges of the world problems.

The Vulcan, along with the other V bombers, were created to answer the cold war threat, a chance that a Nuclear War could occur.  The V bombers were designed to fly long distances and carry our Nuclear Deterant.  This was in the form of Blue Steel and Skybolt Nuclear missiles.

The Vulcan plans were always on standby, but luckily were never needed in the role they had trained for.  Ironically, the Vulcan’s were only called into war, when the Argentine invaded the Falkland Islands, and an audacious plan was created, using Vulcans, both bombers and fuel tankers, to attack the islands and return them to British control.

With this wealth of history, the Vulcan’s soon became a favourite of the airshow circuit, with the RAF maintaining two Vulcan’s for display purposes.  The spirit if the Vulcan lived on. However, even this had to end, with the Vulcan display team finally be disbanded and the last two Vulcan’s sold off.

Luckily XH558 was bought, with a plan to return her to flight, this dream was finally fulfilled this year.  Huge crowds flocked to hear the distinctive growl as the Vulcan finally took to the skies once more.

Now, the future looks dark.

But, in true British spirit, Never say Never!

The Vulcan could remain in the sky.  So far public support has been great, providing well needed funds to the cause.  But more is needed.  Each pound donated helps keep the dream alive.

You can help.  No matter what size of your donation.

To find out more, visit the Vulcan Trust site

Please help keep this lady flying, Don’t let the fate of Concorde befall the Vulcan.

Andy

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The poor Concorde, Wings clipped and shut indoors!

September 3, 2008

Take a look at this video posted on youtube

As you will see, she is cramped and does not feel the same.

At least she is alongside other famous vehicles like the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Maybe one day she will be free.

Andy

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What I would give to see this at the London Olympics 2012

September 3, 2008

Please please, could one of the eccentric millionaires donate some money and pull some strings.

We would all love the symbol of our hopes and dreams flying again

It’s not too late.

Andy

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I’m Back

September 3, 2008

Hiya all

I’ve been really busy chasing the Vulcan and just generally busy in real life so I have skipped my virtual blog life.

However, I am back and champing at the bit for some fun

Let find some good Concorde, Vulcan and other fun on the web

Andy

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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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