Concorde's last ever flight in Bristol
Tributes to Concorde triumph
The editor of the Culture Show has paid tribute to Concorde which won the show’s Design Quest contest.
The jet, which was born in Bristol, beat off competition from iconic designs such as the tube map and cat’s eye, to pick up the prize.
Eddie Morgan told BBC Radio Bristol: “It didn’t just beat them off, it absolutely hammered them. It won hands down.
“It’s a really worthy winner after a long and intensive set of votes.”
Mr Morgan said Concorde was something that could brighten people’s days, and that helped it win.
“It was hard to articulate but it was like spotting a really famous person across the other side of a restaurant,” he said.
“I noticed people spotting it where I live in West London and people would say ‘there she is’. People gave Concorde a gender, it was almost alive.
“Although there’s a fleet you usually only ever saw one of them, so it was like you were spotting the sole Concorde in the world.”
Oliver Deardon, from the Bristol Aero Collection, said the jet’s influence had passed through generations.
“You get a whole family come from grandmother down to grandchildren and every member of that family knows what Concorde is and what it did.”
Concorde made its last flight to from London Gatwich to Bristol's Filton Airfield in 2003.
The production line for the jet was in both Bristol and Toulouse, France.
The second prototype, Concorde 002, was first test flown between Filton and RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, in 1969.
last updated: 12/03/2008 at 09:05