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Flight of fancy as Terry heads on Concorde for the second time

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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AN aviation fanatic got the chance to relive a dream come true when his son took him to see the grounded Concorde in Manchester – almost 30 years after he flew on the iconic plane.

Terry Tunnicliffe sat in the same seat he travelled in during the 1987 flight, and even had the chance to sit in the cockpit, when he went to visit the decommissioned aircraft as a belated Father's Day present.

The Repton man even wore the same clothes for the Manchester airport trip, which he went on with his son Christopher.

The 72-year-old told the Mail: "The first time I went on it, I could have cried. It was unbelievable, and I felt a million dollars.

"We had the full treatment, and it was so special.

"This was a big surprise. It was immensely good, as I was a lot more relaxed this time. I was shaking when I went on it in 1987, as it was such as surprise."

When Mr Tunnicliffe, known as 'Terry the Bread' around Repton, went to see the plane the first time, his daughter surprised him with the news he would be jetting off on a flight over the Bay of Biscay.

He later found out that the seat he used was a favourite of the late Princess Diana.

His experience earned him star status on his recent tour of the plane, as many people visiting had never used it.

Mr Tunnicliffe's son Chris said: "He absolutely loved it.

"It was a great experience for him and for me, as I was only a baby when we went the first time."

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