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Group Vows to Return Concorde to Flight

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February 25, 2010An organization aiming to make the Concorde an aircraft again recently received encouraging news for their long-shot effort. UK-based Save Concorde Group (SCG) reports that its French counterpart, “Olympus 593” – after the Rolls Royce turbojet that powered Concorde - has received permission from the Le Bourget Air Museum, Paris, to start working on the Air France Concorde “Sierra Delta,” which is based there.

The group’s main goal is to return one of the retired supersonic aircraft back to airworthy condition and fly it with the RAF’s Red Arrows aerobatic team over the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And if that occurs, says Andrew Walter, SCG’s U.S. Liaison, another goal would be to fly a Concorde to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

“Now this is a long shot, and we do not know if British Airways, or even Air France would allow this to happen, but I myself am a strong believer in ‘What man can dream, is what man can achieve,’” Walter wrote in an e-mail.

In a post to their website, SCG said they and Olympus 593 had negotiated with Le Bourget officials and that Sierra Delta’s Rolls engines “will be powered up.”

“Given this support within France, which is combined with that of our support network here in the UK, it is highly probable that this French Concorde, could be the first of the original airframes to once again become an aircraft and not a technological relic,” the website reads.

Concorde was scheduled to be the main attraction at AirVenture 2000 but the aircraft’s one and only crash occurred in Paris that week, grounding the fleet. The fleet was officially retired in 2003. Concorde made five previous Oshkosh appearances, and the 40th anniversary of its first flight was celebrated at AirVenture last year.

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