East Fortune, the end and the beginning.

The last three photos from what was the start of the museum tour, which starts off with The Concorde Experience and costs extra to go inside and see where all those rich bums have sat as they sped their way across the Atlantic. To be honest I found being inside the second pre-production prototype  G-BSST at the Fleet Air Arm Museum to be more interesting as it had all the flight instrumentation and data recorders in place. More sobering was an escape hatch for those OMG moments, which thankfully never arrived.

G-BOAA Concorde British Airways

Photography is very restricted in the hangar, there is a limited number of angles that one can get photographs from, the one creative angle that I did try failed miserably but there’s always another day.

Concorde was pure science fiction, Dan Dare stuff when this wartime T2 hangar was erected. When you think of it, the Bristol Brabazon that THE most modern post-war time aircraft.

Next up is the forward fuselage of G-APFJ, this Boeing 707 was one of BOACs Jet-age aircraft, ending its days at RAF Cosford where it was broken up with only the forward fuselage being saved. I recall seeing the tail of G-APFM at Kingman Arizona, where the fleet were stored and eventually broken up during the late 70s early 80s.

G-APFJ Boeing 707 BOAC

I just love the reflection of the modern British Airways colours on the BOAC fuselage.

Perhaps, with hind sight I should have done a bit more perspective correction but it seems to work none the less.

Also in this hangar was the cockpit section of another classic British airliner, G-ARPH Trident 1, which was also at Cosford and was also ignominiously broken up.

Last but by no means least is BAC 111, G-AVMO, which is in dire need of some TLC. The Royal Scottish Museum has a dedicated bunch of “nutters” who gladly give up their spare time to look after the some of the aircraft at East Fortune . The APSS Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland are in the process of building a genuine Sopwith 1 1/2 strutter biplane at East Fortune, and is one of the very few aircraft that I have never managed to photograph at East Fortune…. yet.

G-AVMO BAC 111, British Airways

The sky was just too good not to convert to monochrome, so I added a little colour pop back into the picture.

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