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May 20, 2018

From Concorde To The International Space Station…

The next pieces in the Te PaPa Brickworld LEGO exhibition concern Man’s innovations into breaking free from the confines of earthly barriers. The first is the breaking of the sound barrier in “normal” passenger travel, and then even further free from our atmosphere in the shape of the International Space Station. Family Kiwidutch visited a real Concord: (https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/new-1587/ This Old Lady Was Once Faster Than a Speeding Bullet… ) when we visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum in the town of Yeovilton, England, so we had a reference to compare the details of this model to the real thing. One thing that is very striking is the tiny space in the passenger cabin. To say that this plane is skinny is an understatement, Concord is positively anorexic in the width of the passenger cabin. I know one person who has travelled on Concord, he saved up for the trip and flew to New York. He rated it as a very special experience, but it was almost too short a trip for the amount paid for the ticket. Sadly the drain on his wallet meant an economy flight back to Europe, the experiences poles apart.

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The model of the International Space Station was appropriately enough, far above our heads. I captured what detail I could, it’s a bigger model than I bargained on, and getting it to hang up must have been no small feat either.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concorde
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station

October 20, 2014

This Old Lady Was Once Faster Than a Speeding Bullet…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In my last post from the Fleet Air Arm Museum in the town of Yeovilton, England and when we entered this massive hall even Kiwi Daughter got excited.

Here in the museum there stands a Concorde aeroplane. This is amazing, only twenty of these planes were ever made and of course I never ever in my wildest dreams ever got to travel in one of these whilst they were still in service.

Himself and I do have an old friend who, when he knew Concorde would be going out of service, spent a ridiculous amount of his savings on a one-way trip from (I think it was Paris) to New York, and even though it’s a fast trip it was certainly one flight that he didn’t waste time trying to sleep on.

Our friend was disappointed that he could only afford a one way journey on Concorde and said that the economy flight home on a regular aircraft was rather a surreal experience in comparison, but he figured that as a single guy he could indulge himself a few very special experiences in life and that ticking this off his bucket list was one of the craziest and best things he’d ever done.

He had told us after his flight that in contrast to popular perception, the seating for such expensive seats was rather cramped, but that the meals and drinks were such top quality  he didn’t care. When we entered this plane and got a glimpse of the actual seats it was a shock at just how small the area was that such a pricey ticket bought you back then.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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The seats were only on one side of the plane, the other side was barely wide enough for the aisle.

We were all shocked at how narrow the plane was on the inside, even the kids mentioned that it seemed to be ridiculously skinny.

It was a strange feeling to enter such an iconic plane and to look around,  this one was fitted out at a later date for scientific research so I’m not sure how much if the instrumentation on display is from that time or remained from when it was in service, but everyone had a disbelieving giggle when they spotted the emergency escape rope ladder stashed by one of the doors… I mean, seriously???

Yikes, apparently so.

I can still remember the day, years ago, when Concorde visited Christchurch airport in New Zealand and I joined tens of thousands of other Kiwi’s crammed around the perimeter fences getting a glimpse of it coming in to land.

It looked so different to any other plane we had seen and I vividly remember the gasp that went through the crowd as it came into view.

We leave the beautiful form of Concorde behind and head out to to the restaurant so that we can then deal with the appetite that our walking around has generated.In fact lunch disappeared so fast the photographs were forgotten. As we leave, more aircraft come in to land and Little Mr needs to be dragged back to the camper… all of us are pleased to have visited here, we all enjoyed different things but agreed it was well worth the detour.

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