The world's first supersonic transport (SST) to enter commercial passenger service
was the (British Aircraft Corporation/French Aeropatiale) Concorde. Twenty Concordes
were built between 1966 and 1980 including two prototypes and two pre-production models
built to further refine and test the aircraft design. Fourteen Concordes were equally
purchased by British Airways and Air France.
Concorde was an idea of the 50s, a reality in the 70's and with dignity was consigned
to history in 2003. Passenger revenues had decreased as maintenance costs increased and
this formula had only one inevitable ending, a prudent business decision to take the
Corcorde from the skies. The retirement of the Concorde was the end of a fantastic era
in world aviation.
The Concorde was an aircraft that was a triumph of innovation and now has an
unparalleled place in history. The Concorde was the world's only supersonic scheduled
passenger airliner. It was the epitome of elegance in flight and the envy of the world.
It had carried over two million passengers but won billions of hearts. The skies have
lost a great spectacle and we are left with nearly three decades where it captured our
#204 G.BOAC (Retired from service to Manchester Airport, Manchester)
#206 G.BOAA (Retired from service to East Fortune Airfield, Scotland.)
#208 G.BOAB (Retired from service to Heathrow Airport, London)
#210 G.BOAD (Retired from service to Intrepid Museum, New York)
#212 G.BOAE (Retired from service to Granley Adams Airport, Barbados)
#214 G.BOAG (Retired from service to Museum of Flight, Seattle)
#216 G.BOAF (Retired from service to Filton Airport, Bristol)
#203 F.BTSC (Crashed on July 25, 2000)
#205 F.BVFA (Retired from service to the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC)
#207 F.BVFB (Retired from service to Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, Germany)
#209 F.BVFC (Retired from service to the Airbus Factory at Toulouse, France.)
#211 F.BVFD (Withdrawn from service, stored & used for spare parts)
#213 F.BTSD (Retired from service to Le Bourget Air and Space Museum, Paris)
#215 F.BVFF (Withdrawn from service and stored at Charles DeGaulle Airport, Paris)
The 1st Air France Concorde flew on March 2, 1969 piloted by Andre Turcat and
Jaques Guignard. Similarly, the 1st British Airways Concorde flew on April 9, 1969
piloted by Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane.
What perfect application for a plane that can fly in excess of twice the speed of sound,
than to be used on round-the-world tours. This tour was organized by Intrav
making twelve stops as it proceeded westward round-the-world.
Leg #1 Departed NY - Dallas FW 09/10/94
Leg #2 Dallas FW - Las Vegas
Leg #3 Las Vegas, NV - Honolulu
Leg #4 Honolulu, HI - Fiji
Leg #5 Fiji - New Zealand
Leg #6 New Zealand - Sydney
Leg #7 Sydney, Australia - Bali
Leg #8 Bali, Indonesia - Beijing
Leg #9 Beijing, China - Hong Kong
Leh #10 Hong Kong - New Delhi
Leg #11 New Delhi, India - Nairobi
Leg #12 Nairobi, Kenya - Paris
Leg #13 Paris, France - NY 10/03/94
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