MIAMI — The last Concorde built—and the last to fly—is set to get a new home, as the Bristol Aerospace Centre broke ground on a new £19million ($27.8million) hangar for the supersonic jetliner.
The ceremony was held at the premises of the Center, where guests could witness the ground-breaking for the new Concorde hangar and a group aerial photograph was taken as attendees formed the shape of Concorde and marked its planned position in the new building.
“That we should find a fitting home for Concorde here at Filton is a statement and testimony to the achievements of everyone involved in the development, the production and the support of Concorde, and to the citizens of Bristol who are so proud of our aeroplane,“ said Iain Gray, Chairman of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.
The development of Aerospace Bristol and the construction of the new Concorde hangar has been made possible by the support of Founding Partners BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, South Gloucestershire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In addition, the project has attracted support from Bristol City Council, the LEP Local Growth Fund, the Libor Fines Fund, as well as GKN, Renishaw, the Medlock Charitable Trustand John James Foundation.
Concorde’s final ever flight took place on Wednesday 26 November 2003. Since then, the aircraft (G-BOAF • MSN 100-016) has been parked in Filton, waiting to become the star attraction in the new aviation center. During its career, G-BOAF accumulated 18,257 Flight Hours and 6,045 landings.
Although fundraising is not yet complete – with a further £2million ($2.9million) required to complete the project, the authorities remain confident that the goal will be reached and that the new premises will be completed by Summer 2017.