Concorde takes to the sky for first time in years
SWBRconcorde - by Alex Shipman A Concorde took to the sky for first time in 16 years - at one of the biggest model aircraft shows in the UK.The 12-foot petrol-powered plane soared through the sky at the annual Woodspring Wings Model Aircraft Show near Yatton, North Somerset.Pilot Andy Johnson, 47, converted the polystyrene and plywood British Airways model - worth around £3,000 - by removing its propellers and installing an engine.It is capable of ascending two miles and is controlled with a handheld device.Hundreds of model aircraft took off at the two-day event, held over the weekend (July 13-14), including Lancaster Bombers, Red Arrows and stunt planes.Each pilot was given an eight minute slot to show off their plane, which departed and landed on a 100m strip.Dad-of-three Andy has 65 model planes at home worth more than £100,000.He said: "I bought the Concorde which had two propellers and converted it to turbine - it is four metres long."The engine has 85 Newtons of power and cost £2,000.
Overall, the plane is probably worth more than £3,000."It is built out of polystyrene, sheeted in a very thin plywood veneer and covered in solar film which gives it the shiny finish."The washing machine repairman, from the Wirral, has been obsessed with model aircraft since he was nine years old - and has worked on "hundreds" in the years since.He said: "The inspiration comes from being taken to a classic car rally with my father when I was a boy."We saw model aircraft there and bought our first one."I now have 65 planes at home, worth more than £100,000 in total."I have a 17ft Lancaster Bomber, which I brought to the show, and an 18ft B17 at home."They are all powered with a single cylinder petrol engine."Andy, a member of the Large Model Association and British Model Flying Association, said thousands attended the airshow.Pilots were restricted to flying at 1,000 feet because the event was held in the vicinity of Bristol Airport.ENDS