Round-the-World Flights

Record Concorde F.BTSD Eastward Supersonic Round-the-World Flight (95-02)

Page 8g (rev: 1000)

Concorde F.BTSD Flown Cover Cachet Cover - Back Cachet
Pix #1 Pix #2 Pix #3 Pix #4 Pix #5


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#211 F.BVFD (Withdrawn from service, stored & used for spare parts)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#215 F.BVFF (Withdrawn from service and stored at Charles DeGaulle Airport, Paris)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

What perfect application for a plane that can fly in excess of twice the speed of sound, than to be used to set a round-the-world speed record east (31H 27M 49S). Coors Beer Company financed this record setting flight.

Leg #1   Departed New York, NY - Toulouse   08/15/95 
Leg #2      Toulouse, France - Dubai
Leg #3      Dubai, UAE - Bangkok
Leg #4      Bangkok, Thailand - Guam
Leg #5      Guam - Honolulu
Leg #6      Honolulu, HI - Acapulco
Leg #7      Acapulco, Mexico - NY           08/16/95
         Arrived New York   

RETURN to Home Page.