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The Concorde at Filton in the Aerospace Bristol museum is G-BOAF, hull 216, the last British Concorde to be built and the last Concorde to fly. It was thought in 2003 when the last Concorde flew that if any Concorde would take to the skies in the future it would be G-BOAF.Filtons runway has been closed for several years now so don’t think any large aircraft will ever be moved to Filton again. The Concorde at Filton isn’t in great condition either as it was outside for the best part of 15 years before it was moved into the building.
Its 15 years living outside certainly did it no favours although Airbus that had responsibility for it did undertake a restoration programme. I've not yet been to Aerospace Bristol but I understand that superficially G-BOAF looks fine although it will certainly never fly again.
Airbus might have regretted its initial enthusiasm for returning G-BOAF to its place of birth after the company was fined £200,000 for health and safety breaches following the death of a visitor who fell from a gantry when trying to take photographs.
The preservation of historic aircraft can give rise to a number of pitfalls apart from the financial burden. Are there any groups or organisations with the wherewithal for such a task at St Athan?