Brooklands Museum unveil Heathrow's mini-Concorde at its new Weybridge home
PUBLISHED: 12:15 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 20 February 2013
For nearly 20 years, visitors arriving by road at London Heathrow Airport were greeted by a mini-Concorde model but, on Thursday November 22, it was formally unveiled in its new role as gate guardian to the Brooklands site in Weybridge
For nearly 20 years, visitors arriving by road at London Heathrow Airport were greeted by a mini-Concorde model but, on Thursday November 22, it was formally unveiled in its new role as gate guardian to the Brooklands site in Weybridge.
Poised at take-off angle at the end of Brooklands Drive, the entrance shared by Mercedes-Benz World, the Brooklands Hotel and Brooklands Museum, the model is a tribute to all who worked at Brooklands building Concorde in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Model Concorde at 40% scale, measuring some 80ft (24m) long and 9m wide was originally built for British Airways in the 1970s and installed on the Concorde Roundabout, where it became one of the defining features of Heathrow.
But once Concorde was retired at the end of 2003, its days as an advertising feature for BA were numbered, and in 2007 the airline allocated it to Brooklands Museum, whose volunteers have since restored it.
It is now resplendent in a unique colour scheme as worn by the first Concorde to operate a scheduled passenger service into New York, 35 years to the day before yesterdays official unveiling, and similar to that worn by the Museums full-size Concorde G-BBDG which has been on display at Brooklands since 2006.
Brooklands Museums full-sized Concorde G-BBDG is open for visitors to take the special half-hour Brooklands Concorde Experience daily.
- For more information, visitwww.brooklandsmuseum.com or telephone 01932 857381.