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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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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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Support Vulcan XH558 – We need your help

November 5, 2008

After a year of ups and downs, but a year that saw the only flying Vulcan grace the skies, the Vulcan Trust now need more money to ensure that this delta lady will continue to fly.

The importance of the Vulcan is not just as a memorial to the role she played in the Royal Air Force, but also as a learning tool for future generations when it comes to design and technology.

A petition to the prime minister has been created, please show your support and sign up.
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/vulcan-XH558/

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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Vulcan Displays at Southport

September 9, 2008

The restored vulcan XH558 is certainly making the most of it’s restoration, as she left RAF Brize Norton Sunday 7 September, to display at Southport.

Having been grounded the day before due to bad weather, along with the wing walkers, the Vulcan was a sight for sore eyes.

Visitors were treated to a display from the mighty delta winged aircraft as she flew past the beach.

It was estimated that around 55 – 60 thousand airplanes enthusiats and fans flocked to the Southport sea front to watch the annual aitrshow

The Vulcan performed in the afternoon, to everyones delight as some previous airshows have been cancelled due to either weather or technical problems.

The mighty vulcan was not alone in the sky, Tornadoes and Eurofighter Typhoons, harrier jump jets and an AWAC 707, whilst the Blades and Red Atrrows performed aerobatic displays

There was also a demonstration of the role of the RAF, with a small display of troops attacking from the beach via Helicopter whilst fighters simulated bombing runs.

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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British bomber aircraft Avro Vulcan

September 3, 2008

If you can ignore the cheesey film

It has been posted on Youtube and would appear to be some sort of cold war information film for the Russians’ using old MOD film footage.

There is also an interesting soundtrack, including the Thunderbirds theme tune, it really made me laugh

It’s interesting

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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