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Group wants Concorde flights to resume

Former pilots, aviation enthusiasts and past passengers are part of a new group that hopes to keep the legacy of the Concorde flying both literally and figuratively. 

The Club Concorde group has unveiled plans to purchase two planes. One would be displayed near the London Eye along the Thames River and the other would be restored to a flyable condition and would be used for air shows, corporate events and private charters. 

The group claims to have secured more than 100 million pounds in financial backing. 

The Concorde last flew in 2003 and was already nearing the end of its service life when one crashed in France killing everyone on board in 2000. 

Once a major feather in the cap of any carrier, the Concorde's time has come and gone. Airlines instead have opted to enhance onboard experience on subsonic planes, at least for the type of passengers that would have flown on Concorde. 

I had the opportunity to walk through a Concorde on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. This was not a comfortable plane. The aisles and seats are narrow and the pass from the galley into the cockpit is so tight most people have to turn slightly sideways to pass through. 

But New York to London in 2 hours drew a lot of fans when these planes were still in the air. This group hopes they can get at least one flying again. 

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›