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OPERATION Big Bird the mammoth task of bringing Concorde by land and sea to Scotland has begun.

The Executive are spending pounds 2million to bring the grand old lady of the sky to Scotland's Museum of Flight in East Fortune.

The nine-day journey includes taking the 110-tonne jet by barge from the Thames to Torness, dragging it across several fields, a road and two streams to get to the East Lothian attraction no mean engineering feat in itself.

The work will not end there. It is going to take another four months for aviation experts to restore Concorde G-BOAA to her full splendour.

But nobody should be surprised.

From hosting the Royal Yacht Britannia to the creation of the Falkirk Wheel, Scotland has consistently led the way in celebrating the best of Britain's industrial and engineering heritage.

Compared with some other follies paid for from the public purse, pounds 2million to secure Concorde for the nation is money well spent.
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