Emotional vintage footage shows the last ever Concorde being made

  • A BBC report from 1979 lifts the lid on the construction of Concorde
  • The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the British Aircraft Corporation factory near Bristol in the UK
  • The site was one of two facilities that assembled the iconic plane

Published on Mar 07, 2024 at 7:07 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Mar 07, 2024 at 9:35 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Cast your mind back 20 years, and people could fly from London to New York in under three and a half hours.

It was possible thanks to Concorde – the supersonic passenger which was retired from service in 2003.

We’ve stumbled across a vintage BBC report showing the last ever Concorde being made, which is both nostalgic and emotional in equal measure.

READ MORE! 2003 footage shows how extraordinary it was to live near London Heathrow Airport as Concorde took off

First broadcast in 1979, the video gives a behind-the-scenes look at the British Aircraft Corporation factory near Bristol in the UK.

The site, in the southwest of England, was one of two facilities that assembled the iconic plane.

During the video, workers who are interviewed talk of their dream of one day flying on Concorde.

That’ll never happen now, but we may one day see supersonic travel again, with several prganizations, including NASA, working on projects.

NASA is about to unveil its silent supersonic jet, while a plane called Stargazer is set to reach speeds of Mach 9 soon, too.

The film also digs deeper into areas of the jet’s production, such as its air conditioning systems – something you might not have thought about before.

The video also shows the plane’s famed droop nose, created so pilots could see better when landing.

What’s more, it also gives a walk through of the installation of one of the four Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 engines that powered the aircraft up to Mach 2.

The video also walks through the assembly of the final plane, which first flew out of the factory in Bristol in April.

It also takes a look around the first Concorde to be produced, which by this point had already become a museum piece.

Who’d have thought that 20 years after its last commercial flight, the rest would end up living out a similar life.

BBC Archive

The crazy thing is, though, one worker interviewed in the clip predicted that, come the 1990s, we’d all be flying around on much bigger and faster supersonic jets.

That didn’t happen, but it doesn’t mean it won’t happen eventually.

Here’s to hoping it happens in the not-too-distant future.


Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.