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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
enRiksen
Chapter 11
The Story of Supersonic Flight
Buying a Retired Concorde Engine to Put on Display
I got wind that one of the Concorde engines
was going on the auction block. This was late
2003. I'd been fascinated by the Concorde
airliner for years, partly because only twenty
were ever built, and partly because it was the
only commercial aircraft to fly at over Mach 2
(twice the speed of sound). The sale was or-
chestrated by an industrial equipment auction
house, DoveBid, in what the outfit pitched as
a British Airways Concorde Enthusiasts' Auc-
tion. I don't know if I considered myself an
2011. Image of the restored British Airways Rolls Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Turbo jet Concorde engine.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Y. Wong/Atelier Wong Photography.
enthusiast; I did know that the massive turbo-
jet Concorde engine would make a spectacu-
lar showpiece for the lobby of an executive
airport and, without a moment's hesitation, I
decided to try and acquire one.
I first flew on the now historic aircraft a
year earlier in April 2002, a flight in which
even I got to spend a few minutes in the
cockpit chatting with the captain. My wife,
Sheri, and I planned a week-long trip to
Paris to celebrate her forty-fifth birthday.