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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 15:06 GMT
Concorde set for Saltire ceremony
Worker on Concorde's wing
Concorde has been painstakingly re-assembled
A special ceremony to mark the re-assembly of a Concorde aircraft has taken place at the Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

First Minister Jack McConnell accepted a Saltire flag on behalf of the museum by Captain Jock Reid.

Cpt Reid carried the flag as he piloted Concorde during the flypast which marked the opening of the new Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Mr McConnell described the ceremony as "a historic day for Scotland."

He added: "Concorde has a special place in aviation history and bringing this aircraft to Scotland is a tremendous boost.

"I am particularly pleased to be accepting the Saltire from Captain Jock Reid, who took part in that historic day back in 1999, with that breathtaking flypast.

"Today is another great day, establishing the Museum of Flight as a truly first class visitor attraction."

'Internal restoration'

The re-assembly of Concorde has been a complex exercise which had never been undertaken before.

Although exterior work has been completed, the plane's interior is still unfinished.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of the National Museums of Scotland, said: "We are delighted that Cpt Reid has chosen to donate this historic flag to the National Museums of Scotland and that the first minister was able to accept it on our behalf to mark the successful re-assembly of Concorde."

Concorde has already been on public display throughout its conservation and rebuilding.

This weekend the Concorde hangar will be closed to visitors as the museum undertakes some essential painting before the internal restoration of the aircraft.

The hangar will reopen to the public the following weekend.

The Scottish Executive has provided funding of 2m to help with the transportation, housing and display of the aircraft.


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