Getting one of the world’s only surviving supersonic passenger jets back in the air is a big step closer. The Club Concorde says it now has the money to bring the lady into the blue yonder by 2019.
According to the spokesperson of the enthousiasts, the 120 million pounds (175 million euros or 183 million dollars) has been collected. A quick first success for a daring plan that was published only late September by us on Airheadsfly.com and many other media alike.
Club Concorde represents, among others, ex-Concorde pilots, aviation technicians and airline hotshots. Their president Paul James told the BBC that he wants to approach France with his plans, since the aircraft the club is eyeing to get airborne is located at Paris-Le Bourget airport. According to James a British Airways Concorde is not available.
Not for sale
If a deal is made, Club Concorde wants both to fly Concorde at airshows and as a private charter aircraft for those with money, as well as putting a second plane on display and serve as a restaurant near the London Eye in the United Kingdom. If a sale is not possible the Club wants to navigate options to rent the aircraft. The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Paris that has two Concordes preserved, already said their aircraft are not for sale.
Concorde’s last flight until now was on 24 October 2003, after a fire on board shortly after take-off of one of the planes in Paris crashed the aircraft and its reputation. Fourteen to the supersonic airliners served both British Airways and Air France for 27 years, with another six produced for test purposes with the plane having its maiden flight in 1969.
The then Soviet Union has been the only other producer ever of a supersonic airliner, with 16 Tupolev Tu-144s manufactured but only 55 passenger flights executed before crashed let to a permanent grounding in that role. The Soviets were first, with the Tu-144 flying two months before Concorde and marking the first passenger plane ever to exceed Mach 2 – or twice the speed of sound.
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Featured image: A British Airways Concorde at Manston on 11 May 1996 (Image (CC) Les Chatfield)