In a spectacular multi-media display which left top-flight guests in awe, the island's latest visitor attraction - the Barbados Concorde Experience - was officially unveiled recently in a ceremony marked with glitz and glamour.
Delivering the feature address, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Noel Lynch, said that the new facility would help to accelerate Barbados' tourism industry to even higher heights.
Addressing over 350 guests at Spencer's Plantation, Christ Church, the Minister said that the Concorde Visitor Experience would help the island to soar above other destinations.
He explained: "Today's event gives Barbados a stronger branding image which is closely associated with excellence and luxury. The Concorde in-flight attraction would help to place Barbados in a league by itself and ensure the sustainability of its tourism industry."
Flown in especially for the event was retired Concorde captain, Mike Bannister, who described the exhibit as being the most impressive in the world.
Bannister, who was the youngest pilot to fly the supersonic jet, recounted that Barbados, will always hold many treasured memories for him.
"The most memorable experiences of piloting Concorde which will always be flying in [uniform] with the Red Arrows over Buckingham Palace to salute the Queen; secondly it was flying to Barbados for the very first time; and thirdly, flying the aircraft back 'home' to Barbados for the final time in 2003."
The $3.5 million (US) facility, which is managed by Goddards Shipping Tours Ltd, boasts an interactive flight school, a departure lounge, an observation deck, and an in-flight experience multi media presentation.
The Barbados Concorde Experience opened to the general public on Monday April 16 from 9:00am to 6:00pm which will be seven days per week. Admission for local residents is $28.00 (Bds) for adults and $20.00 for children, while for non-residents it is $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for children. Special group rates are available for students and visitors travelling in groups will receive special rates.
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Similar museum experience (?) in Scotland.
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Some facts and figures about Concorde:
The aircraft travelled at 23 miles per minute
Flew twice the height of Mount Everest (60,000 feet)
Expands seven inches while travelling at supersonic speeds
Only 20 Concordes were manufactured, six for development and 14 for commercial aviation operations
On early evening transatlantic flights departing from Heathrow or Paris, it was possible to take off at night and catch up with the sunrise in the west