Concorde Fans Hope For Legislative Support

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British fans of the Concorde are not giving up in the fight to restore one of the elegant birds to airworthy condition, and they are focusing on the London Olympics of 2012 as an event that deserves to be commemorated with a Concorde fly-by. Last week, they won some support in the British House of Commons when a bill was introduced that would promote the maintenance and preservation of "certain vehicles of cultural value." The legislation, if it passes, would authorize the restoration of a Concorde to airworthy condition for use on ceremonial occasions. Britain's Save Concorde Group is encouraged by support for new legislation. “We welcome this latest attention to Concorde as it not only highlights our thinking that a return to flight is possible, but also continues to keep the subject of Concorde alive nearly 3-1/2 years since the aircraft’s retirement," said Ben Lord, spokesman for the group. "There continues to be no reason why Concorde cannot return to flight in the intended capacity, so with this latest call from politicians, the Government together with British Airways need to start cooperating in order to ensure our target for a flypast in 2012 is met and this plane is not left to languish in museums and on the sides of runways.”