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Concorde crawls then floats to its final resting place.

THE last British Airways Concorde began the long journey to its final resting place yesterday -and was humbly towed along an A-road without wings or its distinctive nose.

The greatest feat in aviation engineering had to suffer the ignominy of relying on a trailer to take it from London's Heathrow airport to a barge on the River Thames. From there,aircraft Golf Bravo Oscar Alpha Alpha (G-BOAA) will float through the capital before travelling along the east coast of the UK and ending up in Scotland.

It will spend its retirement as a showpiece in the Museum of Flight at East Fortune,near Edinburgh. But the 110- ton iconic aircraft still has some way to go.

Early yesterday,G-BOAA was pulled across a live runway at Heathrow before being towed along the A30 and A4 to a dock on the Thames in Isleworth, west London. Both A-roads were partially closed.

Dr Gordon Rintoul,director of the National Museum of Scotland which oversees the Museum of Flight, said he was delighted with the first phase of Concorde's journey. Concorde will now rest until April 12 before heading down the river and being unveiled in front of the House of Commons on April 14.

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Concorde on a barge by the River Thames at Isleworth; An engineer fixes the famous nose cone in place
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Date:Apr 5, 2004
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