Report news now! Text pictures & video to 80360, starting message with WITNESS then leave a space
Iconic Heathrow plane lands at Brooklands, Weybridge
Poised for take-off, the Concorde that greeted visitors to Heathrow has landed at the Brooklands site, Weybridge.
The model, a prominent feature outside Heathrow for nearly 20 years, now stands as a beacon for those visiting Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Hotel and Brooklands Museum.
The jet also stands as a tribute to all who worked at Brooklands building Concorde in the 1960s and 70s.
The model, at 40 per cent scale measures 24m by 9m, and was formally unveiled last week by the mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Janet Turner.
Originally built for British Airways in the 1970s, the model was installed on the Concorde Roundabout and became one of the defining features of the airport.
Concorde retired at the end of 2003 and, in 2007, the airline allocated it to Brooklands Museum, whose volunteers have since restored it.
Allan Winn, director of Brooklands Museum, said: “We are thrilled to have the model Concorde – still wearing its famous identity ‘G-CONC’ - now installed as the gate guardian to the whole Brooklands site.
“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Mercedes-Benz, on whose land the model now stands, to Elmbridge Council, and especially Coun Fuller, for their generous support in getting it on display here, and to the team of volunteers who have worked so hard both to restore the model and to plan its repositioning.”
The official party for the unveiling with Coun Turner included Rt Hon Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Brooklands Museum Trust, and Andrew Mallery, commercial operations director of Mercedes-Benz UK.
The museum already has a full-size Concorde, which has been on display since 2006.
For full details about Concorde Experiences, visit brooklandsmuseum.com.