G-BSST (002) Visit 19th and 20th Jan 2016
This week I had the great pleasure of visiting the second Concorde to fly, G-BSST is a national treasure.
It's quite a journey from Liverpool to Yeovilton, one I do not want to repeat too often, in order to make the visit worth it I stayed for 2 days and visited the Fleet Air Arm museum both days. Obviously my visit was mainly to go and see Concorde however the museum offers many great exhibits in addition and would make a fantastic day out for the family.
The visit was arranged by Duxford Aviation Society who we have been working closely with over the last 3 years, Duxford own the first pre production Concorde (G-AXDN) and we wanted to see if Yeovilton could give any additional inspiration for the diaplays at Duxford.
The first day (19th January) we arranged to meet at Yeovilton for 12pm, the weather was cold but the 4 hour drive went well with me only being held up in Birmingham. We met at a local cafe for lunch then drove the 1/2 mile to the museum to meet with the curator. Yeovilton is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for visitors during the winter season, giving the restoration teams ample time to maintain the diaplays. DAS had arranged for our first day to be while the museum was closed, this would enable us to view the aircraft without interferance from guests.
Upon entering the hanger the aircraft dominated the entire room, pleanty of space to view her. The first thing I noticed was the size of the passenger windows, they were considerably larger than all other Concorde I had seen before, the difference was striking.
Because the museum was closed all the lights were out in the hanger, the cabin of the aircraft was lit so light shon from the windows as if she was alive. This Concorde is considerably differentin design to the production models, their is an escape hatch to the rear of the aircraft with built in stairs up the center.