Round-the-World Flights

Air France Concorde Supersonic Around-the-World Demonstration Air Tour (76-01)

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	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 

British Airways 
#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)
Air France 
#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#211 F.BVFD (Withdrawn from service, stored & used for spare parts)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#215 F.BVFF (Withdrawn from service and stored at Charles DeGaulle Airport, Paris)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.

On October 19, 1976 Concorde F-BTSC with captains Jean Franchi and Gilbert Defer departed Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris on the start of a sales tour around-the-world but not technically round-the-world. The tour would cover 30,922 miles visiting Bahrain, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Djakarta, Seoul and London before returning to Paris. It would log 22.06 hours of supersonic flight over 31.54 hours airborne. This was quite a statement for supersonic flight for an aircraft that made its maiden flight on January 31, 1975. Sadly, this Concorde ended its flying career when it crashed on take-off from Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris on July 25, 2000 with the loss of everyone on board. In its life, it made 3,978 landings while flying 11,989 airborne hours.

Departed Paris                  10/19/76 
   Bahrain                      10/19/76
   Reunion                      10/20/76 
   Singapore                    11/03/76
   Manila, Philippines          11/05/76
   Hong Kong                    11/05/76
   Manila, Philippines          11/06/76
   Singapore                    11/06/76
   Hong Kong                    11/08/76                  
   Djakarta, Indonesia          11/08/76
   Singapore                    11/09/76
   Seoul, Korea                 11/11/76
   Singapore                    11/11/76
   Bahrain                      11/11/76 
   London, England              11/11/76 
Arrived Paris                   11/11/76 

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