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Hope for new home for Concorde

by Robert Murphy

The dream of having a permanent home for Concorde has taken a major step forward, after the National Lottery agreed to back the project with a £4.4 million grant.

The team behind the plan want to refurbish two World War I hangars on Filton Airfield and turn them into a museum for the jet.

Concorde 216, which was designed and built in Bristol, has sat next to the runway, open to the elements since touching down there after its final flight in 2003.

But now there's real hope that, ten years on, the world's first supersonic passenger plane could finally land a new home.

Concorde plan 'turned down'

Corcorde
Concorde after the final flight into Filton Credit: Barry Batchelor / Press Association Images

A preservation group dedicated to saving Concorde has reacted angrily to news that its offer to house the historic aircraft has been turned down.

The Save Concorde group says it could build a basic hanger far quicker and cheaper than current proposals for a museum at Filton, where the last Concorde to fly has been standing outdoors for the past ten years.

Instead the owners, British Airways, are backing a rival bid for a £12 million scheme now the subject of a revised application for lottery money.

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