How can it ever hope to pay for itself, then?
I appreciate the effort to get the Concorde aloft, but to suggest that funding is in the bag seems suspect, to say the least. Once it is up, how will it be kept afloat?
According to the September 2004 issue of Aeroplane, Dr. Robert Fleming and the Walton family have spent 650,000 pounds on the Vulcan project but must collect a further 600,000 pounds before the pledged 2.5m pound lottery money is available to them. The Concorde figures would be vastly higher than that.
After funding, insurance is going to be a huge issue. It costs, again according to Aeroplane, about 30,000 pounds annually to insure the de Havilland Vampire. What will it be for the Concorde?
The Sea Vixen (a small British fighter), according to Aeroplane, "costs around 650 pounds of manpower and other costs per flight, and that is before it has flown and consumed fuel." Again, what are the comparable costs with the Concorde? I shudder to think, but again, you can sure bet the funding IS an issue. A big issue.
I'd like to see the Concorde in the sky again as much as anybody, but to see the project through rose-coloured glasses is not going to help make it happen.