Posts Tagged ‘ba concorde’

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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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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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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Thank you for 27 supersonic years

June 20, 2008

I can only presume this was done out of guilt.

It is however, a wonderful film about the 27 years of service that Concorde gave this country.  They in fact mention what an icon she is, all we need to do is get them to let one out, to stretch her wings like the graceful swan she is.

Andy
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The Concorde, one of the most amazing delta ladies

June 16, 2008

Another lovely tribute to the girl who should still be flying

Andy
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It must be a Concorde Day

May 9, 2008

With the Vulcan from Bruntingthorpe almost there, with its flight certificate, more and more attention is turning to The Concorde and trying to obtain her for flying display only, and not as a passenger plane or as a supersonic plane.

As the debate gets closer, and hopefully some demands will be made, lets reflect back on one of the best designs and ideas formed between the English and French.

Ironically, the Concorde was funded by British and French taxpayers. but sold for £1 per plane to Air France and British Airways.  British Airways, made the decision to ground her (albeit it through a subsidiary part manufacturer).   Many people are still of the opinion that someone like Sir Richard Branson should be allowed to save this plane for flying exhibitions, like he has assisted the saving of other great british icons.

Anyhow, lets look back on this beauty of the skies, thanks to more Youtube users.  And yes, its that song again, but it so suits the clips.  Watch for the noise of the engines part way through when the plane first went into service.

Andy
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Who remembers the BA adverts?

May 9, 2008

If you ask this question, many people will say planes with the flags, others will say it had some south american type pan pipe music. Almost everyone will forget that most of BA’s adverts (should we say British Airways, as back then companies used their full names), featured a beautiful delta plane, the queen of the skies, Concorde.

One member of Youtube, has prepared a tribute to the graceful lady.

Andy
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The Vulcan is not the only delta wing to be saved!!

May 7, 2008

Recently I have been concentrating on the Vulcan XH558, mainly because she is so close to achieving, what was once, an almost impossible task, of being returned to flight.

The one delta lady, queen of the skies, is of course Concorde.

Concorde has been retired from service for a few years now, but there are still thousands who love to see her flying again, not as the supersonic spectacular that she was, but as a display classic, displaying with the red arrows and other iconic classics such as the spitfires and hurricanes, icons that show the development and skills of the British planes building fraternity.

Now, the Vulcan was revived after years and years, as Concorde is more recently retired, surely it would be easier to return her to flight?.

To remind you of her timeless beauty I have found this clip on youtube. Watch and remember when Britain ruled the skies and had a plane to be proud of.

Andy
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