Record breaking Concorde machmeter set to soar above $11,250 in May auction

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2015-06-26 12:18:52

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Record breaking Concorde machmeter set to soar above $11,250 in May auction

A machmeter from the Concorde that broke the trans-Atlantic speed record is up for sale

The machmeter taken from the Concorde that broke the trans-Atlantic flight record is coming to auction in the UK on May 6.

In 1996 the British Airways Concorde G-Boad (210) flew from New York to London in just two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

The machmeter shows a recording of 202, which denotes twice the speed of sound.

According to the Daily Mail it has a pre-sale estimate of 7,000 although a machmeter from another Concorde achieved 25,000 in 2007.

The piece has been put up for auction by the family of former British Airways Concorde engineer Peter Gravestock, who received it as a gift for long service from the carrier.

The popularity of Concorde memorabilia shows no sign of slowing

Simon Jones, from Somerset auction house Lawrences, commented: "This is a wonderful piece of Concorde memorabilia.

"Very few machmeters appear in auction. We expect a huge amount of interest on the day."

Concorde memorabilia is hugely popular with aviation collectors and investors.

In a Toulouse auction in 2007, a set of landing gear sold for 22,000 while a nose cone from the aircraft made more than 250,000 in 2004.

The Concorde was one of seven in British Airways' fleet before they were retired in 2003.

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