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LEGO Group Gets Aviation Fans’ Attention with Unveiling of Concorde Set

The renowned toy maker has a long record of producing airplane building sets.

The LEGO Group has unveiled a Concorde set that will be available starting September 7. [Courtesy: LEGO Group]

The LEGO Group has produced numerous airplane and airport building sets over the decades, from crude, squared-off mini models comprising a handful of bricks to larger, more detailed representations of airliners, cargo planes, and small GA-type aircraft.

Lego has even made several name-brand representations, including the Learjet, Sopwith Camel, and the Sud Aviation Caravelle. None, however, are likely to excite LEGO-enthusiast pilots as much as the company’s latest offering, Concorde.

One can only imagine how many interpretations of the iconic supersonic airliner LEGO fans of all ages have constructed, but this latest version probably is what many of them wanted.

The 2,083-piece set is a scale model of the historic aircraft that builders can pose on its display stand in various flight modes. The set also offers detailed landing gear, a tilting nose section, and a removable roof showing the cabin interior.

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Built in the 1960s as part of a joint venture between the United Kingdom and France, the real Concorde could cruise at about twice the speed of sound, or Mach 2. This impressive pace cut travel times between the U.S. and Europe down to reasonable lengths. Flights from Paris to New York took about three and a half hours, though one of the airplanes set a record of just under three hours.

The Lego model is 41.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and more than 6 inches high. Sets will be available starting September 7 at a price of $199.99.

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on flyingmag.com

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