To visit every surviving Concorde in a year…
Well I enjoyed that challenge, here for your reference are details of my quest all eighteen airframes visited in a year.
All the concordes where are they ?
|G-BOAA||East Fortune, Scotland||10th May 2016|
|G-BBDG||Weybridge, England||May 15th 2016|
|F-BVFA||Chantilly, USA||19th May 2016|
|G-BOAC||Manchester,England||28th May 2016|
|G-BOAF||Bristol, England||11th June 2016|
|F-WTSB||Toulouse, France||1st July 2016|
|F-BVFC||Toulouse, France||1st July 2016|
|F-BVFF||Paris CDG Airport, France||21st July 2016|
|F-WTSA||Paris ORY Airport, France||21st July 2016|
|F-BTSD||Le Bourget, France||22nd July 2016|
|F-WTSS||Le Bourget, France||22nd July 2016|
|G-BSST||Yeovilton, England||2nd August 2016|
|G-BOAB||London LHR Airport, England||21st August 2016|
|F-BVFB||Sinsheim, Germany||28th August 2016|
|G-BOAD||New York, USA||28 December 2016|
|G-BOAE||Bridgetown, Barbados||2nd February 2017|
|G-BOAG||Seattle, USA||19th February 2017|
|G-AXDN||Duxford, England||31st March 2017|
Much as I expected it was in some ways a rather sad process of course we would all rather see Concorde flying rather than in museums, but the fact that a few of the airframes seem almost forgotten and unloved in a few locations is rather depressing. Highlights in terms of the best preserved and presented aircraft are pair at Le Bourget, Alpha Alpha at East Fortune and Alpha Echo at Bridgetown. At the other end of the spectrum are of course Alpha Bravo in the car park at Heathrow and historic Concorde 02 at Orly !
Seeing Concorde remains an emotional experience, even if you have not been lucky enough to see one fly, there is something so special about the design or at a more fundamental level just the shape. Of course Concorde was an engineering marvel but perhaps it’s real appeal is that it is the manifestation of the paper dart that we as children imagined all aircraft to be !