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Has anyone done any of the Concorde tours? I'm considering getting my boyfriend (and me) a tour, as a birthday present for him. It was after a comment that he loves how the aircraft looks, has always had an interest in it, and that it was a dream of his to fly on it.
Obviously I can't give him that, but this might be nice? He's starting to catch my aircraft enthusiasm a bit, and it'd be a nice thing for us to do together. The thing is, I'm not sure which tour would be best. Personally I like the look of the technical tour, a good length, and not out of my budget. Could then be combined with a day's spotting at the park. Can you take photos? (I'm a keen photographer). Anything else I should know? Or is this not a good present idea?
This would be around June time, as I'm at university til then.
I took the tour in September 2006, before the hanger was built. I was keen to go as I had been on G-BOAC and my friend had never been on a Concorde.
We took the longer 'technical' tour (not sure which ones they have right now) and that is a smaller group and a longer time talking about the technology. We both loved the tour. I, because of the tecchie and she because it was just so wonderful to be close to those perfect lines. We both loved the visit.
I cannot recall how much it cost but I didn't think twice at the time and have never regretted it.
Yes, it's the technical tour I'm looking at - think it's £21 each, plus our train fare up to Manchester. I've been to the viewing park once before and was able to see into the hangar. Such a beautiful aircraft, a real loss to aviation.
Depends how technical it is. You say your partner has only just gained an interest in aircraft, might he find the technical tour abit over the top for information? I hope he enjoys it regardless of which tour you choose.
We did the technical tour last year and I have to say it was awesome. The guy showing us around certainly knew a lot about even the smallest things about the aircraft. The tour certainly left us a lot more knowledgeable about Concorde. I can thoroughly recommend it. If he's a Concorde fan you'd do well to try and get to duxford, yeovilton and brooklands, some lovely historic examples there, but Manchester's Concorde g-boac was the most important as it.was the one that carried the royals.
The viewing park is great. You have a good view of the taxiway and runway and there are loads of opportunities to take great photos- you may need a 200mm lens though.
I don't think the tour can be 'too' technical, even for those with a starting interest. My friend was not that technically interested in the aircraft but very much enjoyed the close up view and the technical things that she did follow. As I recall, the guide was good at explaining both the high level and detail.
Just to echo what the others have said, I did the technical tour in 2008. My daughter bought it me for my birthday (and came along too). Really, really interesting. Nice small group and enthusiastic and knowledgeable host. I couldn't recommend it more, and yes, not too technical at all.
Also, I know you can get a bus from the airport train station, where on the station do you go for that?
Bus station is close to the railway station, just follow the signs. About 2 minutes walk. There is one bus an hour to the viewing park, more if you are prepared for a 10 minute walk, bus goes through the cargo area.
I did the "40 minute" tour last Sunday (although it lasted much longer than 40 minutes). Had a good look around the outside, sat in the leather passenger seats and then sat in the captains seat . The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. If you drive then the tour price also includes the car park (which is not cheap). There's lots more to see at the viewing park. As well as the great view of the airfield, you can also visit the Trident (free). I hope that you have a great day.
Well, we're now booked onto Saturday's Technical Tour, and both very much looking forward to it! I'm taking my camera, and we're going looking for a rather large Airbus while we're there - shouldn't be hard to spot even with my bad eyesight!
Looks like we've picked a good day for it too, weather should be lovely, we're going to take a picnic and enjoy ourselves.
Now, if any photographers fancy sharing any tips for the day, they'll be very much appreciated
But the Save Concorde group says that if it's allowed to power the aircraft up and bring her back to life they could drop the nose and the window screen could be fixed by its engineers at no cost to BA or Manchester airport.
Hi JEM60, I flew in AA,AC and AG,but the most important and historical one is AD as she holds the record for the fastest crossing from JFK to LHR in 2hrs.52mins.59secs.,I hope you enjoyed your flight in AB as I did in AA,AC.AG.