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Visiting Concorde

The Concorde program launched to great fanfare and expectations. Initial orders submitted to the BAC/Sud Aviation consortium topped 100 aircraft from airlines across the globe.

Launch customers were Air France, BOAC, and Pan Am; each ordered six airframes. Additional orders came from American Airlines, Air Canada, Air India, Braniff, CAAC Airlines, Continental Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, MEA, Olympic Airways, Panair do Brasil, QANTAS, Sabena, Singapore Airlines, TWA, and United Airlines.

Concorde 001 First Flight

But changing world economic conditions, combined with concerns about the noise generated by supersonic flight, meant airlines began to pull their orders before Concorde had even launched. By the time Concorde 001 took to the skies for the first time on March 2, 1969, the order book had dropped to 74 orders from 16 airlines.

Eventually, the oil crisis made Concorde an impossible choice for all but the two national carriers of the consortium – Air France and BOAC. Despite early interest and initial demand, only 20 Concordes were ever built.

Sadly, two Air France airframes no longer exist – one was scrapped for spare parts and one was lost in the accident in Paris.

[Photo: Marcin Wichary]
Concorde & TU-144 at Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum

With airfares that could top £8,000, Concorde flew in rarified air, out of reach for most travelers. Click on the links below to find out where each of the remaining Concorde airframes ended up and which ones you can visit to experience – if only for a few minutes – what it must have been like to fly on the world’s fastest and most luxurious commercial airliner.

001F-WTSSMuseum of Air and Space, Le Bourget, France
002G-BSSTFleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, England
101G-AXDNImperial War Museum, Duxford, England
102F-WTSAMusée Delta, Orly Airport, Paris, France
201F-WTSBAeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, France
202G-BBDGBrooklands Museum, Weybridge, England
203F-BTSCDestroyed in Crash, Paris, France July 25, 2000
204G-BOACManchester Airport, Manchester England
205F-BVFANational Air & Space Museum, Chantilly, VA, USA
206G-BOAAMuseum of Flight, East Lothian, Scotland
207F-BVFBAuto & Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany
208G-BOABHeathrow Airport, Longford, England
209F-BVFCAeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, France
210G-BOADIntrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, USA
211F-BVFDUsed for Spare Parts and Scrapped in 1994
212G-BOAEGrantley Adams International Airport, Barbados
213F-BTSDMuseum of Air and Space, Le Bourget, France
214G-BOAGMuseum of Flight, Seattle, USA
215F-BVFFCDG Airport, Paris, France
216G-BOAFAerospace Bristol, Bristol, England
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