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Concorde plan 'turned down'

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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Final flight from Filton Airfield

A century of flight came to an end at Filton Airfield today. The airstrip north of Bristol is regarded by many as the birthplace of British aviation.

It is famous for producing Concorde - the world's first supersonic passenger plane.

But over the decades workers at Filton also created world war bombers and giant airliners, making the city one of the most important aeronautical centres in the country.

Robert Murphy reports:

Last commercial flight takes off from Filton airfield

The last commercial flight has taken off from Filton's famous airfield. It happened just before midday. The airfield will close completely on New Year's Eve after more than one hundred years in operation.

Today owners BAE said it had signed a deal with a property developer for the land. The closure went ahead despite a big campaign by many Bristolians.

BAE Systems says it will continue to support site after closure

Filton Airfield will be closing today after its owners BAE systems, decided it was no longer financially viable.

BAE Systems is providing financial backing of two million pounds and a circa eight acre site at Filton to support the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in their plans to create an aviation heritage museum and learning centre.

We will also be providing 400,000 pounds worth of design, construction consultancy and project management support.

The role of the Great Western Air Ambulance at Filton...will also be protected. We will ensure that the Great Western Air Ambulance Service and the Police helicopters will continue to be able to fly from Filton following closure.

– BAE Systems

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Last plane to leave Filton Airfield today

The last ever flight will take off from Filton Airfield just before midday. Credit: ITV West

Filton Airfield will finally close to planes today, after more than a hundred years in operation.

The last flight is due to take off just before midday. The airfield will close completely on New Year's Eve.

Most of the 19 employees affected have found other jobs.

Full report: Filton Airfield closure

There was an emotional farewell to the A380 superjumbo today as it left Bristol for the last time. The closure of Filton Airfield to all flights on Friday brings the curtain down on a century of aviation there.

Airbus employees who helped build the plane were given a farewell flight, while a Spitfire's restoration was completed just in time to take to the skies as well. Richard Payne has the story.

A380 final flight from Filton Airfield for Airbus staff

A380 takes Airbus employees on a final flight from Filton Airfield Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Airbus A380 arrived at Filton Airfield for the final time. The plane, which is the world's largest commercial aircraft and which was developed and built at Filton, was taking Airbus employees on one final flight. The airfield is due to close this Friday.

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