An ambitious group of aviation enthusiasts, who call themselves "The Concorde Club" wants to get everyone's favorite supersonic jetliner up and running again. From The Verge where they fail to mention that there's a Concorde at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, been there!
Concorde Club, with around £160 million, wants to purchase two planes located in Paris airports. The first would be turned into a £16-a-person tourist attraction near the London Eye ferris wheel on the waterfront of the River Thames. The proposed attraction would include a restaurant featuring meals originally served on Concorde flights.
The more ambitious initiative is to purchase the second plane, have it restored, and get it in the air once more.
How expensive do you think those tickets are going to be? The interior of the planes weren't very luxurious. The luxury aspect was going to London or Paris to New York in 3 hours, not in 8.
Other random facts about Concorde:
- The plane would actually expand in flight due to air friction, about 1 foot!
- The Russians made a plane that looked awefully similar to the Concorde (some called it the "Concordski")
- The Concord's nose would point downwards for landings and takeoffs since it was so pointy and restricted the pilot's visibility
- The plane's speed was twice that of the speed of sound, Mach 2, and it would fly in the stratosphere.
But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this plane is that it was a collaboration between the French and Brits. At some point they couldn't even agree on the name. From Wikipedia
Reflecting the treaty between the British and French governments that led to Concorde's construction, the name Concorde is from the French word concorde , which has an English equivalent, concord. Both words mean agreement, harmony or union. The name was officially changed to Concord by Harold Macmillan in response to a perceived slight by Charles de Gaulle. At the French roll-out in Toulouse in late 1967, the British Government Minister for Technology, Tony Benn, announced that he would change the spelling back to Concorde. This created a nationalist uproar that died down when Benn stated that the suffixed 'e' represented "Excellence, England, Europe and Entente (Cordiale)." In his memoirs, he recounts a tale of a letter from an irate Scotsman claiming: "[Y]ou talk about 'E' for England, but part of it is made in Scotland." Given Scotland’s contribution of providing the nose cone for the aircraft, Benn replied, "[I]t was also 'E' for 'Écosse' (the French name for Scotland) — and I might have added 'e' for extravagance and 'e' for escalation as well!