La Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3804 times:
Last Air France Concorde flight to New York leaves Paris
By LAURENT LEMEL
Associated Press Writer
PARIS (AP) -- Flying into blue skies and history, the last Air
France Concorde commercial flight for New York left Paris on
Friday, closing a pioneering chapter in aviation.
The white needle-nosed supersonic plane took off with a roar
from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport at 10.38 a.m. (4: 38 a.m.
On Saturday, in its last ever commercial flight for Air France,
Concorde will fly back to Paris from New York and then go into
"It's very emotional. Concorde is a story of joy, of emotion,
of technical prowess," said Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, a Concorde
staffer, before the flight departed with 58 passengers, three
pilots and eight cabin crew.
Air France and British Airways, the only carriers to operate the
aircraft, are both retiring their Concorde fleets. The last British
Airways flights are scheduled for October.
Concorde's demise will end an era of Champagne and caviar at
twice the speed of sound.
The luxury aircraft began regular service in 1976. With a
cruising speed of 1,350 miles per hour, it crosses the Atlantic in
about three hours; because of the time change, westbound passengers
arrive an hour before they left.
The idea of a supersonic passenger plane gained momentum in the
1950s, after Chuck Yeager's 1947 blast through the sound barrier.
Manufacturers in Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United
States all worked on designs.
In 1968, the Concorde's first prototype rolled out at Toulouse,
France. It lifted off 13 months later, three months after the
Soviet version made its first flight.
But Air France says the aircraft is now too expensive to
maintain and announced with British Airways in April that Concorde
was being retired.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4685 posts, RR: 48 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3752 times:
I saw my last active Air France Concorde arrive in CDG yesterday around 6 p.m. .
While she was taxying from RWY09/27 to Terminal 2C, she stopped for a minute in order to lower the nose. A cavalcade of airport service and security vehicles followed the grand old lady to the terminal. I also noticed that the pilot had stuck the French Tricolore out of his small side window.
It was truly both a memorable and a emotional sight for me and other fellow spotters.
Dvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
I'm so glad I splurged and flew the AF Concorde from CDG to JFK in 1999. I knew then that it would probably be my only chance, and I'm glad now that I didn't hesitate. I wonder how long it will be before commercial aviation has anything that really pushes the envelope again.
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2430 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
Dvk says: "I wonder how long it will be before commercial aviation has anything that really pushes the envelope again."
Call me a pessimist but I doubt there'll be anything within the next 30-50 years to rival Concorde. She was truly one of a kind. And, no, I'm not forgetting the TU-144; it was an achievement too but wholely inferior to Concorde in about every way.
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2629 posts, RR: 12 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3245 times:
I saw it land this morning at JFK on 31L, just as AF002 was taxiing out for departure. This was the first time I've seen the Concordes take off, and they were using the Canarsie climb...what an awesome procedure. I never would have imagined that they would bank so steep and so low and so fast. It was definitely worth waking up at 3:15AM for.
Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
Au revior Concorde!!...I will never forget my April 24th flight on her, F-BVFB to be exact. It will truly be a sad sight for me to see her in the Air and Space Museum. I am sure it is quite analagous to a bird with shackles on
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12701 posts, RR: 80 Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
Airbus took over supporting Concorde years ago, AF and Airbus have brought it to an end, (in line with agreements going back much earlier in the programme), just one operator won't be supported so when one operator stops flying it.....