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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 April, 2004, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Concorde's final journey begins
Concorde on barge Terra Marique
Concorde G-BOAA on a specialist barge at Isleworth
The last Concorde owned by British Airways has said farewell to Heathrow and taken to the water on the first step of a seaborne journey to Scotland.

The 110-ton plane was loaded on to a specialist 2,000-ton barge at the tiny Thames port of Isleworth.

Its departure down the Thames and up Britain's east coast has been delayed owing to tides until 12 April.

Concorde G-BOAA is to go on display at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune near Edinburgh.

It was moved on a transporter at walking pace on Saturday night along the main A30 and A4 from Heathrow to Isleworth.

A spokesman for Robert Wynn and Sons Ltd, which owns the barge Terra Marique, told BBC News Online on Sunday that Concorde had been loaded successfully.

But he said it was decided to delay the journey to Scotland following discussions with the Port of London Authority about changing tides on the Thames.

Concorde loaded on specialist barge
Concorde takes to the waters on the Terra Marique

The supersonic plane is expected to be put on display this summer after restoration.

The total cost of transporting the aircraft, which could once travel at twice the speed of sound, is being funded as part of a 2m grant from the Scottish executive.

The G-BOAA aircraft is the last of British Airways' seven Concordes to find a home after the decision last year to end passenger service.

The other planes can be seen at Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport, Bristol's Filton Airport, the Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados, as well as at a museum in Seattle, US, and at a floating exhibition in New York.

G-BOAA first flew in 1975, while its last commercial flight from New York to London took place on August 2000.

The BBC's Stephanie West
"Concorde's very last departure from Heathrow was by road"

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