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Trip report: Final thoughts the island of Barbados – would I go back?
I have very few regrets in my life but missing my chance to fly the Concorde is a big one. Yes, it was VERY expensive but before they ended operations they offered some discounted flights and I still kick myself for not taking a flight. After all, how many people on the planet have flown faster than a “speeding bullet”!
But I had another regret and that was missing my chance to see the most flight worthy Concorde on the planet when my NCL cruise ship that was scheduled to go to Barbados left port with a broken engine and we could not make it. This week in Barbados afforded me the time to go for a proper visit.
And I am so happy I did. The museum is walking distance from the main entrance to the airport. Unfortunately, if you are flying Delta in just for a mileage run, you will not have time to visit and catch your return flight. You would need to spend a day.
The tour begins with a light and audio presentation superimposed onto the aircraft. It is a neat way to get a quick overview of the Concorde. I will keep my descriptions of the tour and facts to a minimum and rather share impressions so you too can enjoy the visit as I did.
We boarded in the rear of the aircraft getting a neat and close up view of the afterburners and the gorgeous delta wing of the Concorde.
Once inside I have to say the seats were what I expected. The Concorde, for all its impressive technology, is a very tiny aircraft.
The seats are not much bigger than a modern regional jet. Then again, you were not paying for a huge seat, you are were paying for speed and luxury.
They have done a great job of mocking up examples of the first class dining on the short flights from England to the USA and to Barbados that BA flew.
The cockpit is walled off with plastic but it was still neat to at least glimpse the flight deck.
After the tour we had a chance to enjoy the first class “lounge” area with an amazing collection of all things Concorde including some of the uniforms. Since I am almost 50 the 70’s & 80’s just don’t seem that long ago!
I truly enjoyed my visit to the museum and if you are an AVgeek like me, and are planning on visiting Barbados, please take the time to enjoy this treasure of aviation history. Also be sure to walk upstairs as there is a viewing area of the airport and you can go outside and watch planes takeoff and land! – René