Concorde (1 Viewer)

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A great day out if you have an interest in Aviation.

Several types of tours available. From Quick tour to Concorde Platinum Tour. Or simply park up for a few hours and watch the aircraft, have a bite to eat and a cuppa.

Our Grandchildren loved it.

Alongside this there are other aircraft you can venture into and listen to the flight info of departures and arrivals To and From Manchester. Watching Emirates A380 taking off is quite spectacular too.

Motorhome Parking Available.

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A great day out if you have an interest in Aviation.

Several types of tours available. From Quick tour to Concorde Platinum Tour. Or simply park up for a few hours and watch the aircraft, have a bite to eat and a cuppa.

Our Grandchildren loved it.

Alongside this there are other aircraft you can venture into and listen to the flight info of departures and arrivals To and From Manchester. Watching Emirates A380 taking off is quite spectacular too.

Motorhome Parking Available.

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Is the parking motorhome friendly ?
I used to go regularly to the old viewing area but not been yet to the new one yet.
 
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Is the parking motorhome friendly ?
I used to go regularly to the old viewing area but not been yet to the new one yet.
Hi, Yes, no height barriers, take a coin and pay on exit, £5 for two hours.

Yesterday when we went, there was quite a queue. The 1,000 space overflow car park was flooded and there were Marshals on hand to help.

So if you have a booking, please arrive early.
 
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Looks to be a great day out - although the dress standard of the stewardess appears to have slipped a bit!
She was such a nice lady, she greeted us at reception in a really old school fashion.

She had flown royalty and celebs around the world and probably been serving lobster tails, caviar and Champagne in high heels.

Today:

Manchester Airport Viewing Area is a bit Chav and Scally Central these days (think Dads with Turkey Teeth, knock off designer sportswear and man bags. Alongside the Girlfriend with Michelin Lips, leggings showing the other set and matching tattoos. Alongside the feral kids wrecking everything they can whilst shoving the other kids around. Being told by mum at the top of her voice "get out of the FU**ING MUD").
 
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It’s great to see them inside and protected from the elements. For too long they were allowed to deteriorate at Manchester & Bristol.
They have one at Heathrow, I use to do a lot of civils work for BA and we had to have the one they have moved out of the way to do concrete repairs.
It’s not in very good shape☹️☹️

Surprised also how narrow they are when you see them close up🤔
 
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She was such a nice lady, she greeted us at reception in a really old school fashion.

She had flown royalty and celebs around the world and probably been serving lobster tails, caviar and Champagne in high heels.

Today:

Manchester Airport Viewing Area is a bit Chav and Scally Central these days (think Dads with Turkey Teeth, knock off designer sportswear and man bags. Alongside the Girlfriend with Michelin Lips, leggings showing the other set and matching tattoos. Alongside the feral kids wrecking everything they can whilst shoving the other kids around. Being told by mum at the top of her voice "get out of the FU**ING MUD").
Flew from Manchester to Newquay Easyjet on Friday night, unfortunately it hadn’t occurred to me that it was the start of school holidays…. your description is absolutely spot on!

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They have one at Heathrow, I use to do a lot of civils work for BA and we had to have the one they have moved out of the way to do concrete repairs.
It’s not in very good shape☹️☹️

Surprised also how narrow they are when you see them close up🤔
There’s one at Brooklands Museum as well, outside unfortunately but a very interesting place to visit. Big site, don’t think you’d have any problems getting the MH parked.
 

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Amazing that it was mos designed by old men, pencil, paper and tech drawings. There was a lovely documentary about the entire Concord program, how they managed to keep the booming engines quiet enough to fly into the USA and on one occasion, an American spy plane, flying on the outer limits of the atmosphere, complete with space suits etc, were instructed to deviate their course by a few degrees, so that a passenger jet domestic fly could fly past them at Mach 1.5, while those on board drank G+T’s.

Amazing plane, I remember seeing all the Concords flying overhead, when they were on their way to being grounded. Terrific sight and so loud 👍🏻
 
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She was such a nice lady, she greeted us at reception in a really old school fashion.

She had flown royalty and celebs around the world and probably been serving lobster tails, caviar and Champagne in high heels.

Today:

Manchester Airport Viewing Area is a bit Chav and Scally Central these days (think Dads with Turkey Teeth, knock off designer sportswear and man bags. Alongside the Girlfriend with Michelin Lips, leggings showing the other set and matching tattoos. Alongside the feral kids wrecking everything they can whilst shoving the other kids around. Being told by mum at the top of her voice "get out of the FU**ING MUD").
That made me laugh.
I just checked and of course they don't allow dogs so that's probably why I've not visited the viewing area recently.
I think I'll take a look at the mach loop instead ?
 
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There’s one at Brooklands Museum as well, outside unfortunately but a very interesting place to visit. Big site, don’t think you’d have any problems getting the MH parked.
As part of my Apprenticeship at BAC Brooklands, I worked on Concorde construction. Once I completed my HND, I worked in the Concorde Design Office as a Stress Engineer. Although aircraft were flying, we had to complete a thermal analysis on the airframe. I was given fuselage Frame #77 (numbered from the nose). We had one mains operated calculator, but also an IBM mainframe computer, complete with punched card data input.
I worked 8hrs a day, 5 days a week for a whole year to complete the calculation and produce a 70 page report.
When I had finished, my boss said to me " Thank you John, now please can you look at Frame #84!" :oops:

That one only took me 9 months, and luckily I then got involved with research analysing stresses involved when bonding carbon fibre to Titanium.

It was a big regret that I never flew in one.
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Amazing that it was mos designed by old men, pencil, paper and tech drawings. There was a lovely documentary about the entire Concord program, how they managed to keep the booming engines quiet enough to fly into the USA and on one occasion, an American spy plane, flying on the outer limits of the atmosphere, complete with space suits etc, were instructed to deviate their course by a few degrees, so that a passenger jet domestic fly could fly past them at Mach 1.5, while those on board drank G+T’s.

Amazing plane, I remember seeing all the Concords flying overhead, when they were on their way to being grounded. Terrific sight and so loud 👍🏻
Yes. remember seeing the last one at Filton fly over the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristolians we’re rightly very proud of Concorde 002.
 
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As part of my Apprenticeship at BAC Brooklands, I worked on Concorde construction. Once I completed my HND, I worked in the Concorde Design Office as a Stress Engineer. Although aircraft were flying, we had to complete a thermal analysis on the airframe. I was given fuselage Frame #77 (numbered from the nose). We had one mains operated calculator, but also an IBM mainframe computer, complete with punched card data input.
I worked 8hrs a day, 5 days a week for a whole year to complete the calculation and produce a 70 page report.
When I had finished, my boss said to me " Thank you John, now please can you look at Frame #84!" :oops:

That one only took me 9 months, and luckily I then got involved with research analysing stresses involved when bonding carbon fibre to Titanium.

It was a big regret that I never flew in one.
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Brilliant ! Must be a very clever bloke !.

A lady who was on the tour told me her step father worked on the engines !
 
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Was carrying out the construction works at Lego Land ie: the old Windsor Safari Park and use to be able to set my watch every day by the noise of Concorde coming overhead…
They came right over our house in Wiltshire not much later!

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Flew Air France Concorde from Charles De Gaulle to San Francisco in 1999 on our way to celebrate the millennium in Hawaii courtesy of my very kind Father in Law. As others have said the cabin was very tight, service was amazing and the catering the best I have ever experienced even flying on the A380 or Qatar First, nothing matches it.
 

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Done the concorde tour myself at Manchester ..used to go regularly watch the aircraft with the kids..and yes the whole park has gotten very busy these past few years and can be "chavvy".

I worked at a particular Georgian era hotel right on the seafront in Torquay in the 80s which was shaped like a convex crescent facing the sea. Sometimes at night the whole railings along the crescent would rattle slightly around 9pm and I later was told it was Concorde ...it had to get out in the channel before opening up and the shape of the hotel sometimes caught the sonic "boom"
True???? Dunno

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The one at Brooklands is interesting as it was a test one, and as you enter the rear it is stripped back so you can see the gubbins. It's only as you move forward that you get into a fully equipped cabin area; you can see some of the engineering as well as how it would be for the passengers.
 

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Love the curve of the wings on the 380, often see it approaching over Stockport in the evening as I drive home from work on the M60.

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