Concorde Ferry Flights
Concordes new homes
In Nov 2003 all 5 “a live” Concordes (G-BOAC, G-BOAD, G-BOAE, G-BOAF, G-BOAG) flew out of Heathrow in full working order and where 100% safe, they all had full mach 2 capability and could in theory fly to any part of the world at mach 2 at the pilot’s will.
Most of the BA Concordes now live in far off and exotic places
This is a rough map showing where all the Concordes are now
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G-BOAA National Museum of Scotland
G-BOAB Heathrow Airport (in Jan 2009)
G-BOAC Manchester Airport
G-BOAD (My Concorde) - USS Intrepid in New York
G-BOAF Filton - Bristol
G-BOAG (My backup Concorde) - Museum of Flight, Seattle
G-BBDG Concorde’s “forgotten” older sister was never used for
passenger service but had the option of being used as one
if BA really needed her, but they never did so she was used
for “spare parts” to keep the other 7 “alive”.
By 2003 she was basically a pile of scrap, in 2004 a team of
Concorde chasers lead by Gordon Roxbourgh successfully
saved and restored her to her former glory.
(In small part I was part of that team) and she now rests at
Brooklands in Weybridge Surrey.
In general Concorde is now treated as 2nd rate, a plane which no one but a hand full of dedicated Concorde enthusiasts and chasers like me + museums still love and adore but up to 24 Oct 2003 she was THE plane in the world to be seen on by the worlds rich and famous and by the worlds VIPs, but now she’s become a “prize“ possession and cash cow for the museums ……….
If you now mention the word “Concorde” people most don’t care......... others (who don’t know the full facts) bad mouth the plane and think she an “expensive” joke, when she wasn’t and this is a huge shame (as people don’t know what they really lost).
Bringing all 5 British Airways Concorde’s back to full flight status is not impossible with today’s and future technology bring them back would be straight forward but it would cost a lot of “money“ to get them back in to full passenger service (I guess more money than it cost to keep them all in full passenger service before they where “ retired” ).
It would have been easier and cheaper to put them all in storage for future use but men “in power“ didn’t allow that to happen instead for the time being Concorde will not come back, the bean counters and tree huggers have won………….
After Concorde’s last flight a lot people including me very strongly believed in bringing one or two back for airshows, technically is STILL possible and given the money can be EASILY done.
But from what I heard people at Airbus, British Airways and Air France refuse to allow any one to do that, so for the time being you will never see Concorde move or fly.