Where to find a Con­corde

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

In France and Bri­tain the fifti­eth an­niver­sary of the first flights of the Con­corde prototypes− F-WTSS at Toulouse on 2 March 1969 and, five weeks later, G-BSST from Fil­ton to Fair­ford− is be­ing widely cel­e­brated. Eigh­teen more Con­cordes were built and flown over the fol­low­ing ten years. Two pre­pro­duc­tion air­craft, G-AXDN and F-WTSA, were flown in De­cem­ber 1971 and Jan­uary 1973, and two pro­duc­tion de­vel­op­ment air­craft F-WTSB and G-BBDG in De­cem­ber 1973 and De­cem­ber 1974 re­spec­tively. The first Con­corde for Air France (F-WTSC) was air­borne at Toulouse on 31 Jan­uary 1975 and G-BOAC for Bri­tish Air­ways a month later at Fil­ton. Both air­lines put the supersonic air­liner into ser­vice in 1976 and each re­ceived seven Con­cordes, with the last of the four­teen, G-BFKX (later G-BOAF) fly­ing from Fil­ton forty years ago, on 20 April 1979.

The tragic crash of Air France Con­corde F-BTSC after tak­ing off from Charles de Gaulle Air­port on 25 July 2000 put the future of supersonic travel in doubt. Three years later, Air France an­nounced it was go­ing to ground its fleet. Bri­tish Air­ways soon fol­lowed suit. The last ever Con­corde flight was made by G-BOAF on 26 November 2003, re­turn­ing to its Fil­ton birth­place.

Six­teen years later, where can you see and, in some cases, go on­board a Con­corde? Of the twenty air­craft pro­duced, eigh­teen are pre­served for pos­ter­ity: six each in France and the UK, three in the USA and one each in Ger­many and Bar­ba­dos. A sev­enth UK Con­corde is stored ex­ter­nally at Heathrow by BA. This list gives the first and last flight dates, fates and lo­ca­tions of all twenty ex­am­ples flown.

French pro­to­type F-WTSS, the first Con­corde to fly, is dis­played at Le Bour­get

IWM Dux­ford's G-AXDN - one of six Con­cordes pre­served in the UK

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