Concorde's Nose Cone to Make Nice Wall Hanging

Andrew Lamberty, a 41-year-old British real estate magnate, has purchased the nose cone of a British Airways Concorde for roughly $160,000 with the intention of hanging it on his wall.


Lamberty told the London Evening Standard that he thought the price was a steal given that the piece of aviation history was valued at half a million dollars after the supersonic jets were permanently grounded. The previous owner, British Airways Museum Curator Paul Jarvis, had paid only $89,000 for the cone.


The Concorde stopped flying in 2003, three years after a crash in Paris had killed 113 and permanently taken bloom off the rose.


The Concordes' unusual profile, called a "Droop Nose" design, has remained iconic.


The Concorde was the epitome of both style and speed and the retirement of the planes left something of a void in the international airline fleet. There exists no plane so celebrated that is a destination unto itself.


Major airplane manufacturers are now eager to fill that Concorde shaped hole with newer, faster, and safer jets. Earlier this week Eads, which owns Airbus, introduced a Hypersonic concept jet that the company claims would make it from Paris to Tokyo in two-and-a-half hours, flying at speeds twice those reached by the Concorde.


"It is not a Concorde but it looks like a Concorde, showing that the aerodynamics of the 1960s were very smart," Eads Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti said in a speech at the Paris air show.

Read Full Story

Sign up for the Travel Report by AOL newsletter to get exclusive deals and wanderlust inspiration delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.