2009 News Archive
This page contains archived Concorde Project news from 2009. Also see the links at the bottom of the page for archived Concorde Project news from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
The Concorde Simulator is now available at Brooklands for booking for special events where people will have the opportunity to fly the sim with guidance and tuition from a former Concorde Captain. Two special packages are available. See here for more information.
The final bit of painting has now been completed on Concorde Delta Golf. Over the last month the underside of the outer wing sections have been sanded, etch primed, primed and have had 3 coats of white top coat. All that remains for volunteers to do is to reapply the G-BBDG registration mark to the underside of the port wing.
The final touches have been completed on Concorde model G-CONC this week with the application of various decals. These include the British Airways titles, spill door text, door text, static port markings and the 'G-CONC' registration.
Volunteers have replace the carpet in Delta Golf's forward cabin with a genuine Concorde carpet. This was generously donated free of charge by American singer/songwriter (and Concorde fan!) Jimmy Webb. Jimmy won the carpet in an auction on e-bay. The carpet itself features the twin red stripe - a design fitted to all British Airways Concordes during the 1990s.
In DG's rear cabin a new item has been added to the exhibition. This is a flight suit belonging to former BAC test pilot Roy Radford. These bright orange suits were worn by all of the BAC Concorde test pilots and test engineers during the flight test programme of the 1970s. The colour was chosen for visibility reasons in case an aircraft had to ditch into the sea. Roy Radford was the captain on DG's last ever flight.
Now on the verge of being opened to the public, the Concorde simulator at Brooklands has had its official opening to the press. The event was attended by many local dignitaries and VIPs and also several former BA Concorde flight crew. The simulator was opened by guest of honour Richard Noble OBE.
The Concorde simulator is nearing its opening to the public in May/June and has now had the ultimate test of being flown by an ex-British Airways flight crew. Captains Les Brodie and Mike Bannister along with Senior Engineering Officer Warren Hazelby came along to the museum to put the sim through its paces and to record the various flight phases (takeoff, supersonic cruise and landing etc.) and the video presentation that will be played to museum visitors when it opens. This has followed several months of hard work by volunteers over Christmas and the New Year to get the sim ready.
Concorde Delta Golf is now gleaming again having been washed by volunteers at Brooklands. This is probably the most thorough wash that DG has ever had at Brooklands and has removed the dirt and grime accumulated over the last year.