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Thousands flock to see Concorde
Worker on Concorde's wing
It took 23 weeks to reconstruct the museum piece
Almost 30,000 people have been to see one of the few remaining Concordes at its new home in Scotland.

The Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian has reported a 340% increase in visitors this year.

The supersonic aircraft, which was transported from Heathrow Airport, was unveiled at the museum in March.

Tourism Minister Patricia Ferguson welcomed the figures, saying they showed the area had joined the "premier league" of visitor destinations.

She added: "Concorde has been a magnet for visitors from home and abroad who are looking for value for money from a world class attraction.

Museum centrepiece

"Tourism is a fiercely competitive, international industry, but Concorde's success shows we have no reason to be overwhelmed by the competition."

The 110-tonne Golf Bravo Oscar Alpha Alpha (G-BOAA) aircraft is one of four BA Concordes to remain in the UK.

Concorde
There are just four BA Concordes left in the UK

It had to undergo a journey by land and sea to reach the current resting place, before undergoing a 23-week reconstruction programme.

The National Museums of Scotland fought off more than 60 other bidders for the aircraft, which was taken out of service in 2003.

Notching up almost 22,769 flight hours, the aircraft played a central role in the development of the Concorde.

It was the first in commercial service, making the first scheduled flight to Bahrain on January 21, 1976, and became the first Concorde in the British Airways (BA) fleet to make the journey to New York, touching down minutes before an Air France aircraft.

The plane at the museum forms the centrepiece of a wider Concorde exhibition.




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