Remarks: A true true icon. For over a year I have been trying to find a perfect photo to act as my 1000th upload. The opportunity presented itself on my week long trip to London. As the weather at Heathrow was hardly pleasant we chose to have a buzz over to Brooklands about 25 minutes away. It was well worth the visit to this nifty little museum. No iconic photo is complete with a list of mentions, so I would like to mention Sam Randles, Sam Pollit, Murt Sattar, and others who have helped me over the last 4 years.
Remarks: I can't think of a better place to shelter from the heavy rain then under the superb Brooklands museum Concorde.
This superb museum is only about 20 minutes from London Heathrow airport, and is well worth a visit; www.brooklandsmuseum.com
Remarks: The Brooklands Concorde ‘Delta Golf’ was the second production Concorde and the first British production aircraft. Construction began in early 1970 at Brooklands and Toulouse. Delta Golf’s first flight was made by Peter Baker and Brian Trubshaw on 13th February 1974 and its first flight at Mach 2 on 10th April 1974 during its 15th test flight. Following a series of proving flights, she became the first production Concorde to land at Heathrow on 6th July 1974. ‘DG was also the first aircraft ever to carry 100 passengers in supersonic flight in 1974. After Concorde’s retirement was announced in early 2003, British Airways offered ‘DG’ to Brooklands Museum. Dismantled and transported by Air Salvage International (ASI), the Brooklands-built front and rear fuselage sections arrived on 5th May 2004 and the rest of the airframe followed on 5th June. A ‘Brooklands Concorde’ restoration appeal was then launched and an ASI team reassembled the main structure from March to December 2005. With considerable help from sponsors and many Museum volunteers, this aircraft was further restored, complete with a unique on-board exhibition, officially opening to visitors on 26th July 2006. See how our Concorde was turned round on the 11th May 2011 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOnG6e453P8 and a time-lapse video of the move at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZXN-p1Q5zc. A visit to the Brooklands museum is well worth it, and it’s only about 20 minutes from Heathrow airport, see here for more info; http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com
Remarks: 1600px - G-BBDG was the third Concorde built in Britain and this country’s first production Concorde. First flown in February 1974, ‘Delta Golf’, as she is known, carried out a large part of the certification work that saw Concorde flying in commercial service between 1976 and 2003. Delta Golf was the fastest production Concorde and in 1974 she became the first aircraft ever to carry 100 people at twice the speed of sound - 1,350mph. For more information about the history of the Brooklands Concorde G-BBDG visit the microsite www.brooklandsconcorde.com