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.
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.
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.
|001||F-WTSS||Museum of Air and Space, Le Bourget, France|
|002||G-BSST||Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, England|
|101||G-AXDN||Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England|
|102||F-WTSA||Musée Delta, Orly Airport, Paris, France|
|201||F-WTSB||Aeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, France|
|202||G-BBDG||Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, England|
|203||F-BTSC||Destroyed in Crash, Paris, France July 25, 2000|
|204||G-BOAC||Manchester Airport, Manchester England|
|205||F-BVFA||National Air & Space Museum, Chantilly, VA, USA|
|206||G-BOAA||Museum of Flight, East Lothian, Scotland|
|207||F-BVFB||Auto & Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany|
|208||G-BOAB||Heathrow Airport, Longford, England|
|209||F-BVFC||Aeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, France|
|210||G-BOAD||Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, USA|
|211||F-BVFD||Used for Spare Parts and Scrapped in 1994|
|212||G-BOAE||Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados|
|213||F-BTSD||Museum of Air and Space, Le Bourget, France|
|214||G-BOAG||Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA|
|215||F-BVFF||CDG Airport, Paris, France|
|216||G-BOAF||Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, England|