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Keeping the Concorde magic alive – Concorde 101 at Duxford

By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. In December 1968 the world saw the flight of the first supersonic passenger airliner when the prototype Tupolev TU-144 took to the skies in the USSR. Rushed into flight in a bid to become the first airliner of this type, very little testing […]

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Busman’s Holiday

What do professional museum guides like to do on their day off? Visit a museum, of course! Enthusiasm for the art of presenting to the public is their stock-in-trade. On 12 August Graham Cahill and John Dunlevy of Heritage Concorde hosted a group of guides from the Aerospace Bristol Museum at Filton. They had heard […]

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Concorde arrived at Duxford on August 20 1977, forty years ago.

On a fine August day in 1977, Concorde 101 touched down at her final home at Duxford. It had not been easy or straightforward. Her test career over, 101 had been donated to the Duxford Aviation Society and we were eagerly awaiting its arrival. But a few problems had to be overcome first. The runway at […]

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Romance in the Air?

A private tour of Concorde 101 with friends turned into a very special occasion for Kalika. As she set off from Luton little did she know that her boyfriend, Minesh had been in touch with the Duxford Aviation Society, the owners of Concorde 101, and together they had hatched a plan using a Concorde tour as a smokescreen.  Canadian […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 11

RAMP RAMBLINGS……….By Keith Bradshaw. Photos Steve Jeal, Keith Bradshaw and Ralf Manteufel. Welcome to Ramp Ramblings number 11. I can’t believe we have done that many plus the occasional specials. Time really does fly here at Duxford !! (No pun intended !) I have to kick off this month with some disappointing news. The planned Airliner […]

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New Concorde Nose Droop Video

On October 24th 2014 the Duxford Aviation Society revealed newly-restored features on its Concorde at IWM Duxford to mark the 11th anniversary of the last commercial Concorde flight. It followed 18 months of ‘painstaking restoration work’ and the aircraft now features fully-functional cockpit lighting and the operation of the its famous droop nose. It is […]

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Unveiling of Concorde Model and Drooping Nose.

Last Friday (October 24), the Duxford Aviation Society revealed newly-restored features on its Concorde at IWM Duxford to mark the 11th anniversary of the last commercial Concorde flight. It followed 18 months of ‘painstaking restoration work’ and the aircraft now features fully-functional cockpit lighting and the operation of the its famous droop nose. It is the […]

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Life Returns to Concorde – Exciting Projects Completed

Cockpit Instrument Lighting and Droop Nose Operation Restored. Owned by the Duxford Aviation Society and displayed at IWM Duxford Concorde G-AXDN is the British pre-production model used for testing. It was donated to the Society in 1977 when no longer required and forms an important part of the British Airliner Collection.   Sadly it will never […]

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