St Athan - General thread

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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.
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.

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?
 

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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?
There is SWAM but i suspect that if the BOAC livery aircraft is kept at St Athan it would be a wealthy individual like Bruce Dickinson or a company that wants to turn it into a tourist attraction that buys it.
 

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BAMC at CWL have plenty of staff who have worked on 747's for many years, I am sure some of the retired staff who are aviation enthusiasts, would work on a 747 as a hobby.
I was thinking more about the financial side of maintaining a large aircraft as a visitor attraction including insurance and health and safety aspects. Even a huge organisation such as Airbus fell foul of health and safety regulations leading to that massive fine.

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Sorry Jerry. I missed your last post that has addressed the points I was making.

I also note geoff's post about retired BAMC staff volunteering their expertise.
 

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With another 747 arrived from CWL yesterday (friday),that leaves 4 in CWL. Does any one know if they will be in to us for scrapping,or are they off to some where else for scrapping or conversion to freighters.
 

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The BOAC liveried aircraft in Kemble is the one to be used for filming and training i think.What ever happens to the rest of the 747 aircraft is a shame as they were a great aircraft.IIt was a shame this covid came as it made BA retire the 747 aircraft about 3 years early.
 

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Pretty sure the BOAC livery is still in Cardiff. I think it's the Negus livery in Kemble.
 

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CaerDav have formed a partnership with JMC aero personnel agency, for the supply of specialist aero engineers and other technical staff, for short notice extra staff, as they intend to expand business this year, including the introduction of work from passenger to freight aircraft, and work for airlines which is required at short notice. Article on the subject in "Simple Flying".
 

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There are big changes at the top at Aston Martin, they are obviously looking to cut costs in these lean times. As most of Aston Martin's vehicles are exported I would have thought we might have seen some of them, being exported via CWL,unless production has been drastically cut back. We can only hope for better times.
 

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They seem too have a good relationship with TUI.
 
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