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Concorde gets permanent home in region; British Airways flagship will be used to help train engineers.

THE first Concorde to be given a new home following its retirement last week is to become a training tool for tomorrow's engineers.

The flagship aircraft of the British Airways fleet flew to its final resting place at Manchester Airport yesterday.

The airport's airfield general manager,Peter Hampson, who spearheaded a six-month bidding campaign to bring one of the supersonic jets to the region, said it was a major coup.

Mr Hampson said having the aircraft based in Manchester would ``undoubtedly make it one of the best training grounds in the UK for the engineers of tomorrow''.

The airport is investing more than pounds 500,000 in housing the great white bird at an aviation viewing park.

DavidEvans, general manager of BA, said he was ``delighted'' Concorde was going to Manchester.

He said theaircraft, which ``engenders passion like no other machine'', would be looked after with tender, loving care at Manchester. John Spooner, Manchester Airport's managing director, said thearrivalof Concorde -``an old friend to Manchester'' -was fantastic news for the region.

He said: ``Given Concorde's unique appeal in aviation history and Manchester's status as a centre of science and technology, it is fitting that one of the fleet has a permanent, final home here at theairport.'' The seven supersonic jets in the fleet made their last commercial flights last week, which sparked emotional scenes across theUK among its many thousands of fans.

On Thursday,BA ended speculation as to where the iconic planes would spend their retirement, with the announcement that three Concordes would be given permanent homes overseas, with the remaining four being kept in the UK.

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