Manchester Airport – British Airways Concorde G-BOAC & Nimrod Tour

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.

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Nimrod XV231 – Nuclear Weapons Fire Button
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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 :-).

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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/.

1 thought on “Manchester Airport – British Airways Concorde G-BOAC & Nimrod Tour

  1. Thanks for bringing this tour to life on video and some great inside pics as well, Dean. I had been wanting to go to the tour for some time. Recently following your outdoor adventures (having got the Peak District walking bug) .. I would not have
    expected to see Nimrod and Concorde on the menu. Each having a great story to
    tell and both of which I too followed as a mere boy. I think I would be clambering in the loft for any of those “World Aircraft” mags if I were you!

    What a journey Concorde took – the design starting as far back as 1956! How
    futuristic for something in production about the time as the Hillman imp! Could
    have done with your iPhone6 in 1971 when I saw Concorde at Woodford air show in its fly-by ~ which at the time caused miles of traffic jams.

    For sure “everybody who’s anybody” – I think G-BOAC picked up the Queen from Barbados in 1977 at the end of her Jubilee tour.

    I’m sure you had to press the Red ‘N’ button on the Nimrod.. Will it be on eBay soon I wonder 🙂 !

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