The last Concorde makes its final journey home
08 February 2017
The last Concorde ever to fly has completed its last journey to Aerospace Bristol where it will stay at its new £19M museum home for people to explore.
The move was completed by engineers from British Airways and Airbus. The aircraft was towed across Filton runway and up a ramp into the new purpose-built hanger. The hanger was constructed by Kier and had to have a wall removed to allow the aircraft to enter. The engineers had to work with less than a metre between each wing tip and the building, meaning the aircraft was winched slowly and carefully into position.
British Airways’ Concorde Alpha Foxtrot – also known as 216 - was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. It made its maiden flight on 20 April 1979 and touched down on the last flight to Filton on 26 November 2003. Since that landing, Alpha Foxtrot has stood alongside the Filton runway, cared for by Airbus UK and remaining in remarkable condition. Now inside, it starts a new chapter as the centrepiece of the new Aerospace Bristol museum.
Iain Gray, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Concorde 216 into its new purpose-built home at Aerospace Bristol. With such enthusiasm for Concorde in this country, and particularly in Bristol where it was designed, built and landed for the final time, it is only fitting that this magnificent aircraft should have a permanent home at Filton. I would like to thank all of our donors for helping to make Aerospace Bristol a reality and look forward to welcoming our first visitors on board this summer.”
Mark Stewart, General Manager and HR Director, Airbus said; “Airbus has been the proud custodian for Alpha Foxtrot since 2003 and has been keen that we could find a permanent location for such a fantastic historical exhibit of Filton engineering skills. After 13 years of caring for the aircraft we are pleased to deliver it to Aerospace Bristol so that people can visit and admire it for years to come.”
David Hart, British Airways’ Head of Fleet Planning said: “It is with great pride that we have helped to deliver our iconic Alpha Foxtrot to its new home. This move will allow thousands more people to be inspired by its sleek, innovative design and supersonic statistics.”
Aerospace Bristol visitors will be transported through more than one hundred years of aviation history. They will travel through two world wars, exploring the role of aircraft in these conflicts all the way through to modern day aerospace technology. Through this, Aerospace Bristol hopes to inspire the next generation of engineers with amazing stories of design and engineering innovations.
For more information, visit the Aerospace Bristol website. There's a great link to The Story of Concorde.