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Paying a visit to Alpha Delta in NYC


Fredric Greenblott

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Fredric Greenblott

Today I was in New York City and I just HAD to stop by the USS Intrepid museum to pay G-BOAD a visit. It's so much bigger in person and it's just a marvel to see. Unfortunately you have to get a guided tour to go inside which I did not do. So, enjoy a few pictures of me giving Alpha Delta a visit! The old girl's probably sick of sitting around as a museum exhibit... :( 

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Ray Proudfoot

It looks in decent condition which is nice. And being able to walk right underneath is good too.

The tour inside is worth it should you go back again. The flight deck is very cramped but worth the effort.

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Fredric Greenblott
39 minutes ago, Ray Proudfoot said:

It looks in decent condition which is nice. And being able to walk right underneath is good too.

The tour inside is worth it should you go back again. The flight deck is very cramped but worth the effort.

She is in rather good condition indeed. In fact, she's in such good condition that Club Concorde initially wanted to buy G-BOAD for their return to flight project, but then they realized that all 4 of her engines were taken out and her wings were clipped to fit on the barge to get her to the museum. Besides, BA wouldn't let her fly anyway... They're looking to get a hold of one of the Air France Concordes.

 

And next time I go there, I'm absolutely going on the tour so I can go up to the flight deck... We just didn't have time today 'cause we had a train to catch. All my experience with Concorde X will make all the buttons and switches so familiar... Speedbird Concorde 2, cleared for takeoff, 31L! ;)

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Steve Foster

I went over to NY last November primarily to pay my respects at the 911 memorial - as I'm a retired UK firefighter it was something I felt the need to do and i'm glad I did.

Whilst I was there after doing a boat tour round the island I shot over to Intrepid for a guided tour of AD, to my amazement there were only 4 complete Concorde nerds on the tour (myself included). Inside she is in reasonably good condition, with a perspex partition about a third of the way down the fuselage so you can only access the front few rows of seats.

On the flight deck she's looking pretty good apart from the observers seat on the left which is extremely worn as that is where they allow those on the tour to sit when visiting the flight deck.

Our guide who was extremely knowledgeable and loved the extra weird facts us nerds could produce at the drop of a hat told us that she is due a re-paint at somepoint but couldn't say when. He also said that BA still inspect her and that the Intrepid staff know that BA still put a lot of value on their market image through Concorde which is why they try to maintain her as well as possible (shame that wasn't the case when the nose got knocked off a few years ago)!

Finally the reason you can now only get on their for a guided tour - graffiti - idiots started "tagging" her when they weren't under supervision, so that's why you can only get on now via a pre booked guided tour, but if your there then do it. If you've been on Concorde before it's a chance to refresh your memories and if you haven't then you can look at her and be amazed at the pure brilliance and foresight that engineers in the 60's & 70's had to design such a beautiful aircraft.

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Roberto Rizzo

 First: I loved these pics, so many thanks for sharing'em with all of us. 

Second: OMG how many bored faces around the beauty!!!

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