Find out more about our aircraft

The Runway Visitor Park is home to five aircraft, including the legendary Concorde G-BOAC. The Park’s other aircraft are Nimrod, the DC-10, Trident and the AVRO RJX. Learn more about them below.

Please Note: Access to the Concorde Hangar is permitted as part of a tour and is subject to availability, to guarantee your place on a tour you are advised to book your place in advance.

If you would like to book a tour on one of our aircraft please click here to be taken to our booking pages, or call 0161 489 3932 or simply drop us an email

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British Airways received government approval for the production of the G-BOAC in December 1969. Concorde G-BOAC (affectionately known as ‘Alpha Charlie’) became the second aircraft to join the Concorde fleet when she was delivered to British Airways on 13 February 1976. Although the second Concorde to be delivered, she is considered to be the flagship of the fleet, carrying the registration plate BOAC - which were the initials of British Airways' at the time - British Overseas Airways Corporation.

Concorde Facts

  • Concorde was the world’s first supersonic airliner – designed as a joint project between Britain and France
  •  Concorde 001 made her maiden flight on 2 March 1969
  • Concorde entered commercial service on 21 January 1976
    >British Airways flew London to Bahrain with Concorde G-BOAA
    >Air France flew Paris to Rio (via Dakar) with Concorde F-BVFA
  • During flight Concorde could stretch between 15 and 25 centimetres due to heating of the airframe. She is painted in a specially developed white paint to accommodate these changes and to counter the heat generated by supersonic flight
  • Concorde’s top cruising height was 60,000 ft – that’s more than 11 miles above the surface of the Earth
  • Concorde could accelerate from 0-225 mph in 30 seconds and could travel faster than speed the earth rotates
  • More than 2.5 million people travelled on Concorde
  • The first transatlantic flight to New York was on 22 November 1977

Nimrod XV231

Our RAF Nimrod aircraft is now enjoying her retirement after action in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. Active in war zones from the 1970’s until 2010, Nimrod was a specialist search and rescue aircraft. RAF NIMROD MR2 XV231 made her final journey in April 2010, landing in Manchester and taking up residence in her new


Step back in time and recall air travel from a bygone era in our fully-restored BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B. With 23,000 flying hours on the clock, our Trident G-AWZK has been resting at the Park since 2003. The Trident is a medium range three engine Jet Airliner and was the first aircraft to make a fully automated approach and landing. The first Trident flew in 1962 and a total of 117 Trident aircraft were produced.

Avro RJX

The AVRO 146-RJX was the last full aircraft to be manufactured in the UK.


The forward section of a Monarch Airlines DC-10 aircraft has been carefully converted into a multi-purpose resource with a genuine ‘on-board’ feel. Seating up to 36 ‘passengers’ with full audio-visual kit. This facility is also great as a classroom or conference breakout room; see our Education or Conference Centre information for more details.

Other types of aircraft you may see on the runway:

Emirates - A380


Jumbo Jet

 The Dreamliner