Concorde is to be given its final resting place – in a world-class aviation museum.

The £16 million exhibition centre will be home to the turbojet-powered airliner which was one of just two supersonic transports to ever enter commercial service and is among the most iconic passenger planes ever made.

Planning permission has been granted for the centre to be constructed on the former Filton Airfield in Bristol, where the famous Concorde was built.

And these artist’s impressions of the planned museum show how it may look.

Artist's impression of new Concorde museum

Concorde 216 travelled at twice the speed of sound and was in service from 1976 to 2003, during which time it transported famous passengers including Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II.

In addition to Concorde, the Bristol Aero Collection, which features engineering milestones in the history of aircraft production, will also be on display.

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Visitors will be able to see refurbished aircraft from over the years and visit an accompanying learning centre.

"We are delighted to have received planning permission for this very exciting project,” said Lloyd Burnell, project director of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.

"It will tell the stories of the people and display the products of the region's world-class aerospace industry, inspiring the next generation of engineers and providing a memorable day out for a wide range of people."

Artist's impression of new Concorde museum

The project received initial planning permission in March but final approval was dependent on the relocation of the police helicopter and air ambulance base.

In December last year, the scheme won a £4.7 million grant from the National Lottery, which was considered the last piece of funding needed for the scheme to go ahead.

South Gloucestershire Council leader Matthew Riddle said: "Finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton is fantastic news for the people of South Gloucestershire and for the iconic aircraft which will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

"Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors' attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry past, present and future."

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