Following my blog yesterday about the thwarted efforts to restore power to the former British Airways Concorde G-BOAC housed at Manchester Airport's museum, the airport has got back to me with its side of the story. It admits that the project to bring G-BOAC "back to life" has been halted due to insurance and health and safety concerns, but says there was no way of avoiding it. Here is its statement:
"We are very proud to host the former British Airways flagship Concorde and have invested over £1 million to construct a hangar and visitor centre at the airport's Runway Visitor Park to protect Concorde and safeguard her for future generations. Whilst we recognise the enthusiasm of this group of volunteers, providing a safe environment for our passengers, staff, and the many different visitors to the Park is our number one priority. Therefore we will not be able to enable the proposed project to proceed, but we will continue to showcase the retired Concorde in Manchester to visitors from across the world."