Concorde Pre-production Fleet

01     G-AXDN

Manufacturer’s No. – 01

Present location – Duxford, Cambridge, UK (Open to the Public)  

Owned by the Duxford Aviation Society

CONCORDE G-AXDN at her Present location IWM Duxford UK

VISITING DETAILS - 

 

Concorde G-AXDN is on display in the AirSpace Exhibition Hall, at IWM Duxford, Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR.  Tel – 01223 835000

IWM Duxford Website – CLICK HERE!

The Duxford Aviation Society (Owners of this Concorde) website – CLICK HERE!

Costs for entery to the IWM Duxford:                                                                           

Summer – Adults £16.50, Children under 15 are free, OAP/Student £13,20.

Winter  1st November 2010 until the 18th March 2011 - Adults £14.50, Children under 15 are free, OAP/Student £11,60

Concorde is open to the public free of charge (Once you have paid the entry to the IWM) at the following times as shown on the IWM website.

Concorde opening hours in 2010/2011:

6 September to 23 October 2010
Weekdays: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Weekends and Cambridgeshire school holidays: 10.00am – 4.00pm

24 October 2010 to mid March 2011
10.00am – 2.00pm

*A small fee applies at air shows and some events.
Concorde access subject to serviceability. Please call 01223 835 000 before your visit for the latest information.

 

COMMENTS -

This one flew faster than any other Concorde!

You are able to view this airframe from below and above from a platform within the hanger.  It is also possible to visit the interior at selected times. The Duxford Aviation Society are doing a super job looking after this airframe, she is in wonderful condition and shows no signs of her age. While onboard G-AXDN, you will have a chance to view the flight deck, and view all the amazing research equipment that is still in place from the Concorde development days, she is so well looked after that you could even begin to feel that Mr Brian Trubshaw, the notable top BAC test Pilot and the last man to fly this Concorde, was about to board her for a test flight.

Concorde G-AXDN is one of two airframes known as a pre-production Concorde. She was used to further develop the design of the production aircraft that would be finally delivered to the airlines for commercial service. The changes made to the pre-production design compared to the two prototypes included a different wing plan form, more fuel capacity, different engine design standard, different air intake systems etc. G-AXDN was the first aircraft to be fitted with the new nose and glass visor design seen on all production Concordes today. She also flew higher and faster than any other Concorde history. (This is not to be confused with the fastest crossing from New York to London by BA Concorde G-BOAD).

Concorde G-AXDN differs in design from the other French built pre-production Concorde 02, F-WTSA. So she is rather unique and therefore well worth a visit, as you will see nothing like her in design anywhere in the world.

G-AXDN first flew on 17 December 1971 from Filton and was retired to Duxford, England), where it landed on 20 August 1977, having made 269 flights (632 hours), of which 168 flights were supersonic.

To find out more details concerning this Concorde’s history CLICK HERE!

 

Transport – How to get to the IWM Duxford

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Bus service from Cambridge available from Monday to Sunday

Between Monday and Sunday the scheduled Stagecoach Cambridge City 7 bus service operates from Cambridge city centre (Emmanuel Street, bus stop E1) to Imperial War Museum Duxford, via Cambridge train station and Addenbrooke’s hospital. The bus stop is situated just outside the Museum.

From Mondays to Saturdays the first bus from Cambridge city centre to the Museum leaves at 9.15am and then every hour until 4.15pm. The C7 return times to Cambridge are from 9.22am and then every hour until 5.22pm.

On Sundays the first bus to the Museum leaves Cambridge city centre at 9.45am and then every hour until 3.45pm. Return bus service from the Museum to Cambridge is from 10.37am and then at every hour until 4.37pm.

We would recommend that you contact Stagecoach in advance of travel to confirm final departure times. Visit Stagecoach website or call 0871 200 22 33.

Visitors using the C7 service will receive a reduced rate of admission upon production of their bus ticket (excludes Special Event days).

Myalls Bus Service from Cambridge available on Sundays and Bank holidays

On Sundays and Bank holidays the scheduled Myalls 132 bus service operates from Cambridge city centre (Drummer Street, the Bus Station -bay 7) to Imperial War Museum Duxford, via Cambridge train station, departing at 2 hour intervals throughout the day from 10.05 until 18.05.

The return times from the Imperial War Museum Duxford are at 2 hour intervals from 11.27 until 17.27. Cambridge railway station is served by regular trains from London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street, with other connections nationwide. Rail passengers can then take the C7 bus service (Monday-Saturday) from outside the station.

See the National Rail website on http://www.nationalrail.co.uk for further details or the First Capital Connect website on www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk

National Express run scheduled services to Cambridge.  See the National Express website http://www.nationalexpress.com/ for further details

BY CAR

Duxford is just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from central London and approximately 40 minutes from the M25 (Junction 27).  Via the M11, the Museum is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the North – see map. Please see www.rac.co.uk for a route planner or www.keepmoving.co.uk for real-time traffic updates.

Please note that some Sat Nav systems do not yet recognise our new postcode CB22 4QR but do still recognise the old post code CB2 4QR

02   F-WTSA

Manufacturer’s No. – (02) 102

Present location –Musee Delta, Athis-Mons near Orly Airport, Paris, France (Open to the Public)   

Assembled by Aerospatiale, Toulouse, France.

Owned by Athis-Paray-Aviation

VISITING DETAILS –

The museum is open Wednesday and Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Adults 3 €
Children 1 € 5 to 11 years

40 , av Jean Pierre Bénard
91200 Athis Mons
Tel 01 69 38 83 38 or 01 60 48 14 48

WEBSITE –  http://museedelta.free.fr/

COMMENTS –

 F-WTSA’s final flight was between Toulouse and Paris Orly was on May 20th1976. Takeoff was at 15:19 and she arrived into at Orly 16:26, where an ADP team would take over responsibility for the aircraft. It was gifted to ADP, the operator of Orly and other Paris airports in 1976 to replace a full size wooden replica that was originally on show at the airport, which was destroyed by fire a few years earlier.

The aircraft was decommissioned with the engines and of many parts being recovered to be used as spares for the Air France fleet. As the aircraft was going on public display its test equipment installations were removed, and its cabin was reconfigured to give her the interior of an in-service aircraft.

In 1988, ADP, the Orly airport operator decided that Concorde 02 was no longer a priority and condemned it to be scraped and to be cut into pieces. Athis-Paray-Aviation saved Sierra Alpha from this tragedy, and since April 12th 1988, it has been on display at the Museum Delta in Athis-Mons, just outside the airport.

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