UK:Concorde,heritage flight,only !!


ashtonvillageuk
#1
Hi All

Pleased to inform you that the guys at FIGHT FOR FLIGHT just do not give in, the petition has reached its target of 20,000.

Airbus have confirmed that they have no objection to a single Concorde being returned to flight for heritage use only. All focus is on AF216 at Bristol.

Resilence and tenacity by the team are beginning to show some results, well done to them !

Come along and say hello to the team.

Best regards,

S
www.save-concorde.co.uk
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#2
Ahhh, the Concorde, the perfect beauty. Is there anything in aviation as graceful and beautiful as the Concorde? I think not.
 
ashtonvillageuk
#3
You have to look to nature, the grace,beauty and elegance of a swan...come on over and join the fight, your support is most welcome.........regards S

www.save-concorde.co.uk
 
Rick van Opbergen
#4
Normally I don't participate in such things, but hey, you asked it nicely, so I'll sign ...
 
bogie
#5
Signed it .... it is a shame when progress gets derailed.
 
peapod
#6
I will sign to..I agree haggis..beautiful...nice piece of art...like the lines.
 
ashtonvillageuk
#7
All efforts are being made to restore a single Concorde to flight, purely for heritage reasons, nothing more. Possibly over the last public holiday you saw a Spitfire or Lancaster Bomber or even a Tiger Moth fly overhead on the way to an airshow to delight the crowds, these aircraft were ground breaking in their time and are part of our great aviation history. I should add that a single Vulcan bomber will be back in flight next year, the team have been awarded Heritage and Lottery funding. Sheer determination and tenacity by the Vulcan team enabled them to achieve their objective, the same qualities are required for Concorde.

Sir Terence Conran has publicly voiced his support http://www.sundayherald.com/40992for Concorde, the team at www.save-concorde.co.uk led by rossmallett@save-concorde.co.uk are working flat out to return a Concorde to flight. If you would like an update on the progress todate, please drop a line to Ross.

Regards


Steve
www.save-concorde.co.uk
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#8
There is a vast difference in cost between restoring, maintaining and running a Spitfire as compared to same for a Concorde. The operating costs are phenomenal for the Concorde. Is there anywhere near enough money, even with 20,000-odd members, to realistically see that beauty back in flight, even if you do get past the regulatory agencies?
 
ashtonvillageuk
#9
Funding is not really an issue, there is money available from the Government via the Heritage Lottery fund.

The former RAF Vulcan( delta wing bomber) which last flew in 93 is taking back to the sky next year, it was granted several million pounds from the Lottery.

So jump over the pond and join www.save-concorde.co.uk

Regards,

Steve
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by ashtonvillageuk

Funding is not really an issue, there is money available from the Government via the Heritage Lottery fund.

The former RAF Vulcan( delta wing bomber) which last flew in 93 is taking back to the sky next year, it was granted several million pounds from the Lottery.

Funding very much is an issue, though. It was a long, near-impossible uphill battle to get the money from the Heritage Fund for the Vulcan. The Heritage Fund finally did cough up a substantial amount - but not all - of the funding needed.

The saving grace with the Concorde, of course, is that it will pay for itself (barely) with rich passengers paying the big bucks for the ultimate luxury journey, whereas the Vulcan does not have that advantage.
 
ashtonvillageuk
#11
Concorde will not return to commercial service, that means no passengers. The plan is for Heritage filghts only....NO PASSENGERS....I hope that is clear.

If you are a lover of Concorde, join the fight.....thank you...Steve
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by ashtonvillageuk

Concorde will not return to commercial service, that means no passengers. The plan is for Heritage filghts only....NO PASSENGERS....I hope that is clear.

Gosh, it is now.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#13
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.
 

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