The Brooklands Museum Concorde Simulator first entered service in 1975 as one of just two in the world and cost approximately £3 million, equivalent to some £20 million at today's prices. One of the most sophisticated aircraft simulators ever created, it was installed at the British Aircraft Corporation in Filton, near Bristol, and for 28 years was used to train British Airways Concorde aircrew. When Concorde operations ceased at the end of 2003, British Airways decommisioned the simulator and, a year later, it was dismantled and transported to Brooklands Museum
As a result of a three year project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by a team of volunteers from the Museum and the University of Surrey, along with the expert assistance of XPI Simulation, this unique piece of aviation technology can be flown again as a fixed-base unit - the only operational Concorde Simulator in the world.
Visitors may see the Concorde Simulator in demonstration mode free of charge, subject to operational constraints. We also offer special ‘At the Controls of Concorde’ packages, which include flying the Concorde Simulator under instruction from a British Airways Concorde pilot.
‘At the Controls’ Silver Flights include a briefing by your Concorde Captain, a Concorde Experience ‘flight’ on G-BBDG, one hour in the simulator including 15 minutes at the controls, instruction by your Concorde Captain and a Concorde Simulator Certificate signed by the Captain. Prices are from £149 and gift certificates are available.
‘At the Controls’ Gold Flights are as for Silver Flights plus a Bucks Fizz Welcome Reception with the Captain in the Members’ Bar in the Clubhouse, a three course Captain’s Lunch with wine and soft drinks and two hours in the simulator including 30 minutes at the controls. The price is £425 and gift certificates are available.
For more information about the history of the Brooklands Concorde G-BBDG visit the microsite www.brooklandsconcorde.com.