I’ve always been a fan of all things that fly, be it Civil, Military or TimeMachines from 80’s Movies 😉 My friend Ray’s favourite flying machine is the Concorde and his girlfriend very kindly purchased a gift voucher for him and a +1 to go and visit G-BOAC at Manchester Airport.
We arrived there for 9am and get ourselves checked in at reception ass our first tour was booked for 09:30, Nimrod XV231 was to be first and I found it absolutely fascinating. The gentleman that took us on the tour was very knowledgeable and gave us some great facts and details about the action the Nimrod’s saw over the many years they were in service. I used to collect a magazine called “World Aircraft” when I was younger, come to think of it, I bet they are all still in the loft at my mothers house 🙂 Nimrod, along with the Harrier, was one of my favourite military aircraft so it was great to finally get to step onboard.
After the tour of Nimrod is was time to move on to the main event…. Concorde… G-BOAC to be precise. What can I say, a truly iconic aircraft that both Ray and I had been wanting to see for years. We had talked about doing it on numerous occasions over the years so I’m so glad and thankful that his girlfriend bought the gift vouchers, I’m also very pleased that Ray allowed me to be his +1 :-).
The tour was absolutely fantastic! All the guides were knowledgeable, welcoming and you could tell they each had a real passion for Concorde. I learned a great deal and found out some fascinating facts. As I sat onboard I wondered who might have sat in that very seat over the years…. The guide said “Everybody who’s anybody” 🙂 that I don’t doubt one bit. What a day….. The video at the top of the page was shot with my iPhone 6s and edited using iMovie. I hope it will give you an idea of how great the day was and make sure you keep an ear out for the guide commentary. If you would like to find out more about the tour you can do so at https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/Rwvp/.