Standing Inside Concorde

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

To finish this week’s theme, here’s what the passenger cabin of Concorde looks like. Kings, queens, lesser royalty, celebrities, sports stars, rock stars, business high-flyers … she carried them all throughout her service life, and this is where they sat. It is definitely one of my regrets in life that I never thought to fly on her when she was in service, always assuming that she’d remain in service for many more years. She is much missed, and her retirement, along with other icons of flight such as the SR-71 Blackbird and the US Space Shuttle, brings to a close the peak of aviation for our civilisation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s theme. I’ll be back next week with a new theme to share. Have a good weekend!

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Concorde - No People Allowed

Concorde - Warning

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

The sleek white underside of Concorde would have been a hazardous place for ground crew to work, especially for crews used to airliners with prop, turbo prop and podded jet engines out on the wings. Concorde, by contrast, had her engines slung flush to the wings, and I imagine it would have been a little easier to forget where they were at times.

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Concorde Flight Deck

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

My apologies to everyone over my mixup last week, when I originally posted the Boeing 707 cockpit photos as Concorde photos. This is what Concorde’s cockpit looks like … and there seems to be no shortage of switches for the flight crew to flip!

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Concorde Landing Gear

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

One of the great things about the National Museum of Flight is that the majority of the exhibits are not roped off at all, including Concorde. You can wander right up to them, walk or crawl underneath them, peer inside them, and see all the detail you’d never be able to see from behind a rope line.

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Concorde At Rest

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

Forget all the records she set, and all the celebrities and royalty she carried. None of that matters. Concorde is surely the single most beautiful aircraft ever to grace the skies. We never saw her equal, and since her retirement on 24th October, 2003, the skies have been filled with ugly, lumbering subsonic wide-body jets.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

We went back above Harlech a second time, hoping to hike out to a lake and back. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the footpaths marked on the map, and with much of the surrounding land quite a nasty bog, it seemed safer to turn back. That would prove to be a fateful decision.

Glaslyn Estuary

Style And Missing Gate

Walking Above The Glaslyn

Dry Stone Wall

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Boeing 707 Controls - Engine Readings

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

To finish this week, the central part of the Boeing 707’s cockpit is devoted to this bank of gauges, telling the flight crew the key readings from each of the 707’s four engines. Side by side, at a glance, the crew can see how each engine is performing, and how each engine compares to the others. The Boeing 707 wasn’t the first four-engined commercial jet airliner, but its first commercial flight in 1958 led to the ushering in of the modern jet age.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s shots from inside the Boeing 707 at the National Museum of Flight; it’s certainly been one of my more popular themes! Next week: Concorde.

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