Delta-Golf Concorde on display at the Brooklands Museum. (two shot panorama)
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 affectionately known, carried out a large part of the certification work that saw Concorde flying in commercial service between 1976 and 2003.
Brooklands made a vital contribution to Concorde since design work began in the late 1950s and the site's unique historical association with the type was the prime reason for the Museum's ambition to acquire an example for its aviation collection. The first and last 30 feet of the fuselage for all Concordes were built on the Brooklands site, including the famous drooping nose section.
Also open to view, as part of a museum visit, is the original British Airways Flight training simulator, which has been restored at Brooklands. Here budding suspersonic pilots can experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually fly at the controls of the Concorde Simulator, with the assistance of a real Concorde Captain!
Feb 5, 2012 7:33:28 pmby Str4wB34ry Homepage »
Apparently there was some contractual requirement of running these aircraft that stated they could only be maintained and overhauled by a French company. Richard Branson would have bought the planes, but wanted to use UK companies for maintenance and then found out that he couldn't!
So that was that and they all got grounded, but in all honesty the plane had had it's day as the internet had shrunk the world from a business perspective.
I think it would have been good to keep just one plane operational, like the remaining Vulcan bomber.