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Look what they're doing to Concorde now.

This was what Concorde was reduced to yesterday - having its nose stitched back on what was left of it, which was attached to a barge on the River Thames in Isleworth, West London.

Earlier, the British Airways Concorde plane began the long journey to its final resting place being humbly towed along a road without wings or its distinctive nose.

Still the greatest feat in aviation engineering, Concorde had to suffer the ignominy of relying on a trailer to take it from London's Heathrow to the barge.

From there, aircraft Golf Bravo Oscar Alpha Alpha (G-BOAA) is floating 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-tonne iconic aircraft still has some way to go. In the early hours of yesterday morning, G-BOAA was pulled across a live runway at Heathrow before being towed along the A30 and A4 to the dock in Isleworth.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2004
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