Concorde arrives in Seattle

British Airways retired its Concorde fleet and generously

donated G-BOAG to the Museum of Flight. Its scheduled arrival was 2:45pm today, but it was a half hour early. While on my way to Boeing Field, I saw it turn over Elliot Bay, making its final approach into 31L.
By the time I parked, it had touched down and was beginning its taxi back along the ramp, to the Museum of Flight, so the pictures are the only thing I had to work with:




6 thoughts on “Concorde arrives in Seattle”

  1. > Any idea what the hourly rental rate is going to be?

    $100,000,000/hour. The instructor’s free

    When I went to the EAA Fly-in in Oshkosh in 2001, they were going to have the Concorde there and offer rides for $750/person. Unfortunately, one crashed while taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport, the fleet was grounded.

    I had another fleeting fantasy of my plane being back from engine overhaul and my noodling around in the pattern to hear the controler say “Arrow 54H, #2 behind the Concorde, cleared to land 13L.”

    So my immediate impressions: it’s a very sexy, noisy, small aircraft.

  2. Feh. So the Concorde was at least 30 minutes early. I was still on my bike when it came in to land. Pretty disappointing, really.

    I found out later that they were early because they set a New York to Seattle speed record (3:55:12). I’m guessing that didn’t include the hour wait to get through security before leaving New York.

    Another trivia fact: this is the Concorde that flew the last London-New York commercial flight.

    I heard, but haven’t been able to verify, that it was the last flight for any of the 16 Concordes. In other words, the ones that are going to be in museums, are already there. So that was the last Concorde to ever fly.

    -ted

  3. Here is a web site with more information on the Concordes:
    http://www.concordesst.com .

    As Tedder noted, it set the speed record from JFK to Seattle by getting clearance to go supersonic over “uninhabited areas of Canada”. According to Expedia, the non-stop trip would normally take six hours.

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