Where to find a Concorde
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