I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again.
I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently.
It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!!
AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open air at the airfield as a tourist attraction. She sustained a lot of damage from the elements in that time and has now been removed from public access whilst engineers assess the frame. There is no timescale for her return to the public domain.
The plan was and remains to have her as the centrepiece of the Bristol Aero Collection which is earmarked for a site next to the Filton airfield and Cribbs Causeway regional shopping centre. Land has been acquired but the cost of building a museum escalates as time passes, with no progress because of a lack of cash.
A sad tale and it can only be hoped that at some time in the future AF will find a home in keeping with her celebrity status in the aviation world.
Some have suggested that AF should be moved and exhibited at the Bristol Harbourside alongside Brunel's SS Great Britain, another example of a quantum leap in the progression of public transport. My view is that she should be put on show in her natural home, at or near Filton airfield.
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