I flew in a few weeks ago as I wanted to get it in my logbook, and emulate the last ever landing of the Concorde. Sadly I couldnt get close to the Concorde there, but enjoyed landing there and having a bit of a look around and what is a very important historical airfield. Quite sad...
I flew into Filton earlier this afternoon and about half a dozen GA aircraft were there. The weather was brilliant and not an ounce of breeze. Well not until the A380 took off and was swiftly followed by a replica/refurbished Spitfire who flew a tight circuit and then buzzed the runway before departing. No landing fees were levied but PPR required. Think quite a lot of people may be flying in on Friday 21st as its their last day. TAF's don't look too good though.
Bit like stabbing and mortally wounding someone and offering them an aspirin to help with the pain as they die.
I dont disagree with you, just saying that at least there will be something there. Its of great sadness to me, as Concorde is an absolute passion for me, and the closing down of the place where Concorde was partially developed, and the final landing place for the last ever Concorde flown is sad. Its just another blow really .
Do we know if Airbus / BAE / whoever, closed down the airfield because it operationally isnt viable, or are they tarmac'ing over everything just for the money and to build some houses? If they are leaving / restoring some of the WW1 hangars which I presume are to the North of the runway (I might be wrong), and presumably the huge Airbus operation to the South isnt going anywhere, then that leaves motsly just the runway area for development. If it was a case the runway would just become disused, but left there, then at least some of history will be there to see.
I once dream I was a mult-millionaire and had the ££ to by the land as keep it as is, but I'm not :-(
Pace I hadn't intended my post to come across as "marking such an occasion" as there are too many airfields closing for whatever reasons, more that it was an opportunity to go there before it does close.
It was my first, and ok my last, time landing at Filton and an amazing experience as only have half a dozen hours since my GST. Was concentrating so hard that I didn't even clock Concord on the left side of 27 when landing!
They're apparently doing the same at Woodford creating an AVRO heritage site on the south side to include the resident Vulcan.
All heart ain't they
At Woodford they are not 'creating' the Avro heritage centre, that has been in existence for more years than most could remember ... it is a condition of future planning that a new home will be provided for the Avro heritage collection and this will include the remaining 'white' Vulcan as an exterior exhibit. The current approved plan for redevelopment at Woodford is for 300 homes, however there is a revised plan for more than 900 homes ... sadly which ever option we end up with the runway will be gone.