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Last Concorde flight. [ 11/11/2003 ]
  The last Concorde ever to take to the skies will take off from London's Heathrow airport on November 26 at around 11:30 British Airways have announced.

The final flight for the world only supersonic aircrafft will, as expected, be to Filton, near Bristol, with a short supersonic hop around the Bay of Biscay, BA said.

Filton, now home to plane maker Airbus, used to be the base of the British Aircraft Corporation, half of the Anglo-French grouping which built Concorde.

The plane, G-BOAF - the last Concorde ever built - will go on display at Filton, where all the British-made models were constructed and tested.

Captain Mike Bannister, BA's chief Concorde pilot, said: "British Airways is delighted that we are returning the last Concorde ever built to her birthplace at Filton. She first flew on Friday, April 20 in 1979 and will land for the last time at 1pm on November 26."

" Concorde was born from dreams, built with vision and operated with pride."

" She's a fabulous aircraft that will become a legend thanks to the people who built her, flew her and looked after her. The people of Bristol should be tremendously proud of all that Concorde has achieved throughout its 27 years of wonderful service."

Alpha Foxtrot will be landing for the final time by Captain Les Brodie. Captain Brodie is Concorde Flight Training manager, and has sent a great deal of his time working at the Filton site training Concorde crews on the full motion simulator that was based there.

The flight path and timing of the fly-past over Bristol is still to be confirmed but thousands are expected to gather on the Downs, with the plane passing over the Suspension Bridge.

Airbus spokesman Howard Berry said: "We're pleased that we've at last been given an exact date by British Airways and we're looking forward to receiving the plane. We'll now put everything in place ready for the aircraft's home-coming and try to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to see her flying over Bristol into Filton."

Information from Gordon Roxburgh webmaster of www.concordesst.com.

Concorde Memorabilia - the Perfect Christmas Gift? [ 11/05/2003 ]
  LONDON (Reuters) - It is the gift for the person who has everything -- a piece of Concorde, the supersonic passenger jet finally put out to grass last month after 30 years.

Everything from a leather wine carrier to the droop-snoot nose cone of the flying work of art will be up for grabs at a sale in London by Bonhams Auctioneers on December 1, with prices ranging from 30 pounds ($50) to 35,000 pounds.

For the souvenir hunter with limited space there are china place settings, cutlery, the in-cabin indicator that showed when the jet hit twice the speed of sound, the pilot's seat and even some passenger seats as well as a cabin trolley.

For the flight enthusiast there are heat and pressure gauges, control panels, indicator lights, turbine blades unique to Concorde and even a tail wheel.

But for the collector with ample space there is part of the Delta wing complete with anti-ice heating panels, a snip at 1,200 pounds.

Profits from the sale by British Airways will be donated to a range of charities including Get Kids Going! -- a charity that provides sports wheelchairs to disabled British youth athletes.

Source Yahoo.

For the see the page of Bonhams go here.

You can buy the catalog for 17 (UK), 18 (Europe), 19 (RoW).

No Concordes to be kept flying, BA announces. [ 10/30/2003 ]
  LONDON (AFP) - All seven of British Airways' remaining Concordes are to be placed in museums or put on display elsewhere, the carrier said, dashing plane buffs' hopes that one model would be kept airworthy.

Four of the supersonic jets, which went out of service for the final time on Friday, will be kept in Britain, with two going to the United States and one to Barbados, in the West Indies, BA said in a statement.

The airline said it had set up a study with Airbus, who maintained the plane, to see whether a single Concorde could be kept useable for non-commercial events such as fly-pasts and air shows.

"A detailed study with Airbus has regrettably led us both to conclude that it would not be possible," said chief executive Rod Eddington.

The decision is a bitter disappointment to fans of the plane, who turned out in their thousands last week to watch the final three passenger-carrying Concorde flights touch down at London's Heathrow airport.

"So the dream is over, Concorde's future indeed is solely as an exhibit in museums in the UK and overseas," one aficionado mourned in the chat-room of fans' Internet site Concordesst.com.

"I hope Airbus rot and go bust," added another, more bitterly.

One Concorde is to go on display at Heathrow, with another sent to Manchester Airport in northwest England and a third destined for the Museum of Flight, near Edinburgh, BA announced.

Another model will go to the British headquarters of Airbus at Filton, near Bristol, southwest England.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle will receive a plane along with New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, with the final example going to Grantley Adams Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados, which Concorde flew into many times.

BA had received a large number of requests for planes, said Eddington.

"We have chosen the final homes based a number of criteria: their ability to properly exhibit and preserve the aircraft, their geographical location and accessibility to the public.

"We are working closely with each of the new homes to make sure they show off each Concorde at her best."

The plane is thus set for a final series of crew-only flights, the first of which will leave Heathrow for Manchester airport on Friday. The other Concordes would leave for their new homes "shortly", BA said.

The airline also announced it would hold a charity auction on December 1 to sell off a series of Concorde spare parts, including a nose cone, a pilot's seat, and one of the in-cabin devices which indicated the plane's speed.

Developed in the 1960s by the French company Aerospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation, Concorde is regarded as one of the greatest technological feats of the 20th century.

However in April this year, BA and Air France -- the only other airline to use Concordes -- announced the jet was being retired due to falling passenger numbers and spiralling maintenance costs.

Concorde's end had been hastened by the crash of an Air France Concorde in July 2000 after take-off from Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport.

Source Yahoo/AFP UK

Last week in the United Kingdom. [ 09/26/2003 ]
  During the last week of Concorde's flight, British Airways make a different special flight in Ireland, Wales and Scotland (UK Tour).
Gordon (Webmaster of www.concordesst.com present the scheduling of this week.
See at this page.
For the time table, go to see this another page.

Thank you very much Gordon.
For see Concorde at Heathrow, go to this page.

Nose-cone for sale as Concorde goes under the hammer. [ 09/10/2003 ]
  PARIS (AFP) - A nose-cone in the garden, a pilot's padded seat in the study, or maybe a Machmeter as the perfect executive toy? Fans of Concorde will have a rare opportunity when parts of the decommissioned airliner go on sale in Paris in November.

Air France, which flew its last supersonic service in May, has asked Christie's France to auction a number of pieces and mementos of the historic jet in order to raise money for a children's charity that it runs.

Among the items to go on sale on November 15 are two Olympus 593 engines, which powered the airliner at speeds of up to 2,200 kilometres (1,275 miles) per hour and are widely considered as a triumph of engineering.

A radome -- the 3.5 metre cone at the end of the plane's nose -- is regarded as the centre-piece of the auction with an estimated price of 10-15,000 euros (11,200-16.800 dollars). Various fins and ailerons are also on sale.

From inside the aircraft collectors can snap up parts from the instrument panel, including the Machmeter or speedometer, as well crew seats and kitchen items including sets of designer porcelain used for in-flight meal service.

The sale also includes several scale models and photographs charting the airliner's 27 years of commercial flying.

Air France and British Airways (BA) -- the only two airlines to fly Concorde -- are stopping supersonic flights because of doubts about their economic feasibility as the aircraft age. BA will fly its last service later this year.

In July 2000 an Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris killing 113 people, and a technical flaw in the wing-based fuel tanks was blamed.

Source AFP.

Click here for seen the release presse document. Thank's to Christie's.
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