Posts Tagged ‘speedbird’

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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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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