This is a very rare picture that emerged once I started to browse through my old pictures. I took this shot more than 10 years ago during my visit at the USS Intrepid, right after I read the news that Concorde is coming to town. This unique Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD – British Airways supersonic jet arrived to the USS Intrepid on the barge – and you can see her still sitting on the barge, ready to be unloaded. You might have noticed already that I am really into planes, this magnificent plane is in my top three. My favourites: Supermarine Spitfire, MiG-29 and Concorde – all of them are very special.
Back to Concorde – what a magnificent plane, how futuristic and ahead of its days, even for todays standards, it’s still like a science fiction creation! To bad that we, as a civilisation, seem to go backwards in time – we have no Space Shuttles, we do not fly to the moon, we do not travel supersonic anymore.
This particular aircraft, serial no. 100-010, registered under the G-BOAD sign, first flew on August 25, 1976. With a crew of nine, she could fly at 1,350 mph (2,150 km/h) at an altitude of 60,000 ft (18,181 m), where its 100 passengers could see the curvature of the Earth. The fastest Atlantic crossing by a Concorde occurred on the 7th of February 1996 and took 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. Just an astonishing machine – too bad that I will never see it flying, let alone fly it.
You can visit this Concorde here. It’s worth it, really.
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