| On arrival, Bentleys form a Guard of Honour
|| Somewhat later, only one WO remains.
Interesting to see linear shrinkage from S3 to Arnage to Derby.
Apologies for the poor quality of the images - very low light levels did not help, and flash merely accentuates foreground contrast.
| This is Concorde 02, the experimental prototype, which never flew with fare-paying passengers.
|| Alas, the French not only imposed their "e" on Concord, but also appropriated 01 for their testbed.
| Not much wonder this was a noisy aircraft!
| The driving seats.
|| Note the scale of the early biplane behind.
Although Concord(e)'s 40th anniversary provided the rationale for BDC's visit, there are many other exhibits, unique in armed forces' aviation history.
| The only surviving Wyvern. Note the twin contra-rotating properllors. This example has a piston engine. Later versions were equipped with turbines.
|| The Fairey Delta 2 (behind, blue) - the first British supersonic aircraft.
| A Hawker Harrier nestles beneath Concorde's nose.
|| Power for the Harrier's VSTOL capability comes from a single Pegasus engine.
| Rolls Royce Merlin engine, dissected.
| Chris waves goodbye to Peter as the last WO ...
|| ... departs.
Updated 9 Apr 2009
Restyled 17 Oct 10
Images enlarged and enhanced 15 Apr 12