Forty Years of the Concorde Jetliner
British and French aerospace companies collaborated to design and build 20 Concorde aircraft between 1966 and 1979. Flying with Air France and British Airways, the supersonic jets offered a luxurious and speedy trip across the Atlantic for 27 years. Capable of speeds over two times the speed of sound and at altitudes up to 60,000 ft., the Concorde could fly from London to New York and return in the time it took a conventional aircraft to go one way. Flagging demand and rising operating expenses finally ended Concorde service-symbolizing a lost era of luxury travel.
Museum visitors can see--and go inside--the only Concorde on the West Coast. Located in the Museum's Airpark, the aircraft is on loan from British Airways. It made the last commercial Concorde flight, which took place on Oct. 24, 2003. On its way to The Museum of Flight, the aircraft set a New York City-to-Seattle speed record of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 12 seconds. It is only one of two Concordes in North American with an interior open to the public.
For more information and photos of the Museum's Concorde, see: http://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/concorde
Image: British Airways Concorde on approach to landing. Photo courtesy The Museum of Flight.### The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 (on Boeing Field between downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport.) The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.