Iconic Concorde model gets a new life in museum near Heathrow
A huge model of Concorde which stood at the entrance to Heathrow for nearly 20 years has been restored and placed at Brooklands Museum in Surrey.
The 40% sized, 24 meter long model was a familiar sight for arriving passengers as it stood on the Concorde roundabout in front of the main access tunnel.
Maintained by British Airways, it was removed when Concorde retired, to be replaced by a similar-sized model of an Emirates A380.
In 2007 it went to Brooklands Museum which hosts one of the original Concordes and was restored by volunteers in the original colour scheme of its maiden flight to New York 35 years ago. It will be unveiled on 22 November in its new position at the entrance to the museum.
Allan Winn, Director of Brooklands Museum, says:
“We are thrilled to have the model Concorde – still wearing its famous identity “G-CONC” – now installed as the gate guardian to the whole Brooklands site. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Mercedes-Benz, on whose land the model now stands, to Elmbridge Borough Council for their generous support in getting it on display here, and to the team of volunteers who have worked so hard both to restore the model and to plan its repositioning.”
The official party for the unveiling with Cllr Turner will include the Rt Hon Lord Trefgarne, Chairman of the Brooklands Museum Trust, and Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director of Mercedes-Benz UK.
Brooklands Museum’s full-sized Concorde G-BBDG is open for visitors to take the special half-hour Brooklands Concorde Experience daily. Special Concorde events take place throughout the year, including Champagne Days and a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, and the Museum also offers ‘At the Controls of Concorde’ packages on the world’s only operational Concorde Simulator.