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REST IN PIECES; Concorde comes to Scotland but we'll have to put it together.

Byline: IAN DOW

CONCORDE will be brought to its last resting place in Scotland in pieces like a giant Airfix model.

First Minister Jack McConnell has confirmed that one of the seven supersonic jetliners ownedby British Airways has been allocated to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian.

The museum is in talks with BA on how to bring the aircraft north.

Transporting it in sections by road and reassembling it on site is the most likely method.

It is planned to have the aircraft at the museum by spring next year and on display by the summer.

Lothians MSP Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, who led a campaign to bring it here, said: ``Concorde is a symbol of the Scots being at the cutting edge of technology and the pursuit of excellence.

``Whatever sadness may be felt for the passing into history of this brilliant supersonic aircraft, we can express pride at the magnificentcontribution made by Scotsmen and women to the development of the aviation industry.''

Tourism and Culture Minister Frank McAveety said: ``This is wonderful news. It is a great follow-up to Concorde's flight to Edinburgh last Friday and it will contribute to visitor numbers as well as education programmes.''

Transport Minister Nicol Stephen said: ``Scotland has had a strong association with Concorde, from its early test flights out of Prestwick to its final flight from Edinburgh.

``Thousands of people turned out last week to witness the last flight.''

Three Concordes will have their permanent homes overseas at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museumin New York and Grantley Adams Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The remaining three planes in the BA fleet will be kept at Airbus UK in Filton, Gloucestershire, Manchester Airport and Heathrow.

Plans to keep one Concorde airworthy for flypasts and air shows have been axed due to costs.

Hundreds of proposals for the redundant jets were tendered after BA announced Concorde's demise last April. Offers included turning one into a restaurant or a hyperbaric chamber to help scuba divers suffering from the bends.

BA will be holding an auction of Concorde memorabilia in December to raise cash for charity.

Lots will include a machometer, a nose cone and seats.

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