Round-the-World Flights

First Air France Concorde F.BVFF Supersonic Round-the-World Air Tour (86-2)

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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. The remaining 14 planes were equally purchased by British Airways and Air France per the below schedule:

British Airways 
#204 G.BOAC 
#206 G.BOAA 
#208 G.BOAB 
#210 G.BOAD 
#212 G.BOAE 
#214 G.BOAG 
#216 G.BOAF 
Air France 
#203 F.BTSC (Crashed on July 25, 2000) 
#205 F.BVFA (Donated on June 12, 2003 by AF to the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C)
#207 F.BVFB 
#209 F.BVFC 
#211 F.BVFD (Withdrawn from use, stored & used for spare parts)
#213 F.BTSD 
#215 F.BVFF 

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 American Express making nine stops as it proceeded west round-the-world.

Leg #1   Departed Paris - NY                11/15/86 
Leg #2      New York, NY - Oakland
Leg #3      Oakland, CA - Honolulu
Leg #4      Honolulu, HI - Papeete
Leg #5      Papeete, Tahiti - Sydney
Leg #6      Sydney, Australia - Jakarta
Leg #7      Jakarta, Indonesia - Bangkok 
Leg #8      Bangkok, Thailand - Colombo
Leg #9      Colombo, Sri Lanka - Bahrain
Leg #10     Bahrain - Paris                 12/02/86
         Arrived Paris  

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