360° Concorde Tours
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The Museum's aircraft, registration code G-BOAG, is referred to as "Alpha Golf." It was first flown in April of 1978, and delivered to British Airways in 1980. Equipped with four powerful Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Mk. 610 turbojet engines, the Alpha Golf logged more than 5,600 takeoffs and over 16,200 flight hours while in service. The Museum's aircraft made the last commercial Concorde flight, which took place on October 24, 2003. On its way to The Museum of Flight, the Alpha Golf set a New York City-to-Seattle speed record of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 12 seconds.
Concorde Image Gallery & History
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Click for full size+ Concorde was a joint Anglo-French project, with the British Airways Concordes built by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) at Filton, England, and the Air France Concordes built by Sud-Aviation at Toulouse, France. Interestingly, the French-built Concordes employed the SI (“Metric System”) of measurement, while the British-built Concordes employed the English System of measurement. This photo was taken at Filton. BAC and Sud-Aviation each built 3 prototype Concordes and 7 for revenue service. BAC is now part of BAe Systems, and Sud-Aviation is now part of EADS (European Aeronautic and Defence and Space Company N.V.).
Click for full size+ Concorde is one of only two airliners to have had jet engines with afterburners. (The other was the Russian Tupolev Tu-144.) All Concordes employed the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 turbojet, SNECMA being a French acronym standing for
Société Nationale d’Étude et de Construction des Moteurs d’Aviation, or the National Corporation for the Design and Construction of Aviation Engines. Each Olympus 593 engine produced 32,000 pounds (140 kiloNewtons) of thrust “dry,” and 38,050 pounds (169 kN) of thrust in afterburner. Concorde was designed to cruise in afterburner at supersonic speed; ironically, flying at subsonic speeds quadrupled Concorde’s fuel consumption, thereby cutting its range by a factor of four.
Click for full size+ Concorde’s first flight took place at Toulouse, France, on 2 March 1969 – just 21 days after the first flight of Boeing’s 747. This photo shows Concorde 001, piloted by André Turcat, moments after its first takeoff. Due to political factors more than engineering factors, Concorde would not enter revenue service until 21 January 1976.
Click for full size+ Only two Concordes have ever come to Seattle. The first was British Airways’ G-BOAB, which came to Boeing Field (BFI) for The Museum of Flight’s Emerald City Flight Festival in the summer of 1985. The second is British Airways’ G-BOAG, which arrived at BFI on 5 November 2003 and is now on permanent display at The Museum of Flight. This dramatic in-flight photo shows ’OAB on final approach to BFI’s Runway 31L, flying above the Associated Grocers (now Unified Grocers) warehouse complex immediately south of BFI, in Tukwila, Washington. Concorde’s “droop-snoot” nose is lowered to allow the pilots to see the runway from Concorde’s nose-high landing attitude. The Duwamish Waterway is visible in the background.
Click for full size+ This aerial shot of Boeing Field (BFI) shows British Airways Concorde G-BOAB taxiing down the West Taxiway to The Museum of Flight at Gate B9 in the summer of 1985. The occasion was the Emerald City Flight Festival, which was staged by The Museum of Flight between 1984 and 1994. At the time of this photo, only the William E. Boeing Red Barn was open as The Museum of Flight. The T Wilson Great Gallery, (now immediately to the left of the Red Barn) would open in July 1987, and the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing (now immediately to the right of the Red Barn) would open in June 2004.
Click for full size+ The service and food aboard Concorde were unsurpassed, but the cramped cabin interior left much to be desired, as shown here. Concorde often cruised at altitudes above 50,000 feet (15,240 meters), meaning that the windows could only be about half the size of windows on conventional jetliners, due to the large difference in pressure between the cabin and the atmosphere outside. At the end of Concorde’s career in 2003, a one-way ticket from London to New York cost around $13,000 – and Concorde probably barely broke even financially.
Click for full size+ One of Concorde’s in-flight amenities was a “speedometer,” which told passengers how fast they were flying. This in-flight photo shows that Concorde was cruising at 1,340 miles (2,157 kilometers) per hour, or about 2.4 times faster than the speed of sound (“Mach 2.4”).