BA and AF concordes at MIA. I know that BA flight was routed through IAD but the Air France charter...was it direct to CDG? And was it supersonic the entire way? If so, how long would that flight to Paris take? Thanks...
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
I migth add that the BA flight to MIA was scheduled for 8-10 years (around that I think), thrice weekly...so it wasn't some special charter or 1 year flight. I never knew its frequency nor its duration, though i do remember seeing some pics on the site... (btw this info is from a caption)
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
I wouldn't say my slides/shots of the Concorde at DFW are worthy enough to post on Airliners.net
I took those a "long time ago", way before I had any really good camera equipment. If someone really wants me to post one, I'd be happy to e-mail a shot to them.
The Concorde used to fly into DFW back in the good ole "Braniff days" !!
The shots I got of it were when it was on an around-the-world tour and it came to DFW to pick up some people catching the tour. After that, it flew to LAS to pick up more and then it headed for HNL for their first over-night stop. The tour cost $60,000.00 per person. This was in 1994 or 95 I believe.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12952 posts, RR: 79 Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
In 1979/80, AF and BA Concorde's flew from IAD to DFW, the aircraft had temporary US regs as Braniff crews (in the case of BA I think) took the aircraft on the internal US leg, so it had to be a 'US' aircraft for this part of the route.
Mach 0.95 cruise is not efficient for Concorde, also with the poor economic environment made not viable, the flight from Europe to IAD was the usual service that the airlines operated 3 times a week from 1976-1994 (in BA's case, AF may have stopped IAD sooner).
In 1976 the Port of NY had blocked Concorde flights, so IAD was the first US destination, JFK services started in November 1977.
I flew IAD-LHR on OAF in 1993, not full, hence it being axed the next year.
From 1984-91 the IAD route had an extension to MIA with BA Concordes.
So Concorde's scheduled US destinations have been IAD, JFK, DFW and MIA, many other US airports have been flown to on charters, but don't expect them back any time soon.
Here they all are, many would have been one off visits, like airshow appearances, some were only ever BA or AF charters;
Albany, Andrews AFB, Anchorage, Ashville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Bangor, Battle Creek, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detriot, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hampton, Harrisburg, Hartford/Springfield, Honolulu, Houston International, Houston Ellington, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lexington, Little Rock, Midland-Odessa, Nashville, Newburg Stewart, New Orleans, Newport, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Oshkosh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Reno, Richmond, Rochester, Rockford, Sacramento, St Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle Boeing Field, Seattle Tacoma, Springfield, Syracuse, Tampa, Tampa McDill, Tuscon, Waco, Washington Dulles, Wichita, Wlmington.
Vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1395 posts, RR: 16 Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1716 times:
On the IAD-DFW-IAD sectors both BA and Air France Concordes were flown by Braniff Flight deck and Cabin crews. The aircraft libraries were changed at IAD as Braniff used their own form of checklists, which were slightly different to those used by BA and A/F. The Braniff flight deck crews were trained at both Bristol and Toulouse by staff from BA, BAE, Airfrance and Aerofomation.
Base flying training was flown on an Air France Concorde [F-BVFA] initially at Shannon, and then at Montpellier in France, with the aircraft being flown by crews from all three nations.
The training was solely subsonic,but all the Braniff crews were taken on a looksy trip across the Atlantic. Some of Braniff route training was completed on a tour of Braniff's stations in the south and south west of the USA, and Braniff originally had plans to operate charters out of DFW like the round the bay ones that BA operated ,but nothing came of it
I know that the Braniff crews loved flying the aircraft but it must have been terribly frustrating only to be allowed to fly it subsonic
Just to answer somebody question Miami- Europe was beyond Concorde non stop range with any thing like a commercial load, but I seem to remember that a BA empty Concorde did manage it once, but there again the memory could be failing. The extension to Miami from Washington was introduced because the aircraft used to overnight at IAD, so there was time to fly it to Miami where it was thought they could pick up Passengers coming from South America, but sadly the hopes never came to anything. It was very popular trip for the crews as this was before the aircraft went to Barbados, and so it was the only chance for the crews to see the sun in the winter
Concorde by the way can not operate into any USA airfield San Francisco, Lax and Boston spring to mind where it is band except in an Emergency
Shamrock1Heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1706 times:
I remeber seeing somthing the news right after the concorde crash in 2000...In the 80's the Concorde came to OAK, like on a demo flight or somthing. It was on Channel 2 and one the reporters got to ride on it.... Can anyone remeber this???
Vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1395 posts, RR: 16 Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1696 times:
On the Concorde round the world charters if the itinerary called for a visit to San Francisco, then they would use Oakland, as they were banned from the main airfield due to noise [sorry forgotten it's code]
Dan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1655 times:
GDB, your saying that the Concorde was actually in Cleveland! Please tell me your no talking about Cleveland,TN. But i wouldnt be supprised, shit the biggest we see in CLE is maybe an A300 not even once a day. So all i can say is wow!
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Aroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
My mother took me out of school when I was in 2nd grade to see it in Indianapolis. They even let the public take a walk-through of the plane. I didn't get to do this as the line was very long and my mother didn't have the patience of this eager 2nd grader. I can't recall the year but mid 80's would be a good guess.