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article imageBranson's £1m for Concorde to fly again

By Steve in the UK     May 26, 2007 in World
When Concorde last flew in 2003 most people thought that it would be the last time that the worlds only supersonic passenger plane would every take to the air. However a small group of former Concorde pilots and executives have other ideas.
With the financial support of Sir Richard Branson the group Club Concorde has identified one of the planes that is says could be return to service within 3 years, just in time for Concorde's 40 birthday.
With £1 million (US$2 million) of the estimated £10 - £15 million (US$20 - US$30 million) that the 30,000+ members of Club Concorde need coming from Sir Richard the group has a good chances of get, not only they project off the ground, but in actually getting Concorde back in the air.
Ben Lord of "Save Concorde", a partner in the project, said: "We have earmarked a Concorde which is at the French Air and Space Museum near Paris. It's just French bureaucracy that stands in our way."
Sir Richard's desire for Concorde to fly again is well-known. Although he is aware that the project may be unrealistic due to the amount of time Concorde has been out of service.
Club Concorde president Jock Lowe said: "We have the high-level political and financial contacts whose combined strength will ensure the return of at least one Concorde to the air within three years."
In a time when any type of air travel comes getting criticized for being environmentally friendly the fact that Concorde was by far the worst passenger plane for polluting and noise, it will be interesting to see how Club Concorde deal with the environment group who will no doubt want to see this project fail.
Although i don't agree with short hop flights, the long transatlantic flights Concorde used to be used I don't think are so much of a problem, if the planes are full. Personally I would love to see Concorde fly again but doubt if I could ever afford to actually fly on it.
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