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Concorde To Become A Museum

The last ever Concorde to fly, currently residing next to the runway at Filton Airfield, will soon see a huge development project turning it into a museum. The £17.5million project will see Concorde housed in a purpose-built centre, next to an existing hangar which dates back to the First World War. Work on refurbishing the 102-year-old hangar, which was used until three years ago for storing aircraft and airfield machinery, starts during the next few days.

There will be a new reception area and exhibition centre for the museum, which will take visitors on a journey of Bristol’s aviation history; arguably as important as the city’s maritime past. Work is due to start next year on the premises where Concorde 216 will be housed. The target date for opening the museum is in the early summer of 2017.

Lloyd Burnell, executive director of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, which has been at the heart of the museum project, said: “Everything is finally fitting into place – it has been a long haul but we are nearly there. We have got planning permission for the museum, the land is secure and the funding is there or thereabouts.”

Most of the money – about £15.3million – has now been found but the fundraising continues to make up the remaining shortfall. When completed, 3D projection mapping will be used to illuminate Concorde in a variety of themes. One of these will be to show how the plane heated up during supersonic flight.