Tribute for Concorde’s anniversary

A haggis is piped on board Scotland's Concorde at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian to mark the 40th anniversary of the aircraft's inaugural commercial flight on January 21, 1976.
A haggis is piped on board Scotland's Concorde at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian to mark the 40th anniversary of the aircraft's inaugural commercial flight on January 21, 1976.

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune is marking the 40th anniversary of Concorde’s first commercial flight with a special Burns Night tribute.

Scotland’s Concorde was the first aircraft in the BA Concorde fleet to begin commercial passenger flights on January 21, 1976, she flew from London Heathrow to Bahrain. On board was a haggis bound for the country’s Scots community to help them celebrate Burns Night.

To mark the 40th anniversary, museum staff arranged for a haggis, made by former BBC Professional Masterchef Derek Johnstone, to be piped on board the iconic aircraft.

A Museum staff member also recited a specially composed version of Burns’ Address to a Haggis in honour of Concorde and some of the other aircraft she joined at the East Lothian attraction following her arrival in 2004.

Address to Concorde, by staff at the National Museum of Flight

Fair fa’ your honest sonsie face

Great Chieftain o’ the aircraft race

Aboon them a’ ye tak yer place

Comet, Spitfire, Jet

Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace

As lang’s yer neb

Scotland’s Concorde is one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Flight, which is undergoing a £3.6 million restoration and redevelopment of two nationally significant Second Word War hangars which will open on Good Friday 25 March this year. That day will also see the unveiling of an £80,000 investment in the Museum’s Concorde exhibition, which includes the addition of a new large screen and sound system to allow visitors to enjoy the drama of seeing and hearing the supersonic icon in flight.

Steve McLean, General Manager, National Museum of Flight said: “Concorde was a real superstar of the skies and featured a unique combination of design and engineering excellence, glamour and celebrity appeal. While her wheels remain firmly on the ground these days, she is still an amazing sight and we hope that this anniversary, and our version of Burns’ famous poem, will help to remind people how special she was and encourage them to come to our Museum to explore and enjoy this exceptional aircraft.”