A turbojet engine from Concorde finally sold on eBay last weekend to one lucky buyer.
Having spent years listed on the auction site, the engine from the aircraft finally sold for $714,500.
The buyer won’t be making any supersonic booms of their own any time soon, though.
Unfortunately, they won’t be able to refit the Rolls-Royce Olympus turbojet putting it on another plane or even a road car, like this Tesla with three jet engines.
According to the eBay listing, the engine is “not able to fly but perfect to dismantle and repurpose into collectible pieces of furniture or art.”
The turbojet in question spent its service life fitted to a British Airways Concorde.
It’s been 20 years since the supersonic airliner’s final flight, but Concorde is still fondly remembered during what can be described as an ambitious era of commercial aviation.
It revolutionized the possibilities of air travel, flying twice as fast as other commercial planes.
But the plane flopped due to a number of issues, ranging from poor business decisions to a devastating crash.
Concorde G-BOAG flew its final ticketed flight in October 2003 from New York to London Heathrow.
The following month, the BA plane flew to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, where it’s been in display ever since.
As for whether we’ll see another ‘Concorde’ in the future – who knows – but we’ve seen teasers of a new supersonic jet that could fly from New York to London in record time.
We’re not sure who eventually bagged the disused 3.5-ton engine, but we do know they received a considerable discount compared to the original listed price.
Back in 2019, the Olympus engine was listed for $975,000.
What’s more, it’s the only Concorde engine sold by British Airways that still has an afterburner fitted.
What will happen to the engine or where it’ll end up remains a mystery, but fans of the iconic plane would undoubtedly love to see it on display in a museum.