Concorde's Blood Flows, Heart Beats a Few Times
September 22, 2011 – A group of Concorde enthusiasts including engineers and mechanics, for a time, briefly brought one of these iconic supersonic airliners back to life. Concorde G-BOAC, known as “Alpha Charlie,” was flown to a Manchester, England, museum in 2003 and has been on static display ever since. The group known as Heritage Concorde had been reviving the hydraulic and electrical systems so it could run on its own internal power and for the practical reason of lowering the nose to fix a cracked windshield. The effort was successful and the systems had been powered several times last summer until insurance concerns stepped in.
Seeing the Concorde fly again is the dream of many but in the interim, Heritage Concorde was hoping to keep the internal systems in working order for occasional demonstrations according to an article in Wired’s Autopia blog. Some suggest that this would be the first step toward having it ready for a special appearance during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
While it was exciting to see the Concorde come to life for a brief moment, legal concerns won the day and Heritage Concorde was told to drain all the hydraulic systems and deactivate the electrical system. The museum in Manchester only has insurance coverage for static display and their policy does not cover the operational activities of the Concorde.