Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1152 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 974 times:
The Concorde had 4 prototypes and pre-production planes, all preserved now.
Also, the first 2 production aircraft (one Air France one British Aireways) were
not put into service. What eventually happened to these two planes?
The Dassault Mercure had two prototypes (the second became an Air Inter
plane). does anyone know what happened to them, what their regns and C/ns
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1932 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 950 times:
As for the Concordes, I'll have to look them up when I get home. However, to my knowledge, the prototypes are museum pieces. One production Concorde, an Air France machine, was taken out of service and used for spares and eventually broken up. All other Concordes, except for the one that crashed in Paris, are extent - either in service or on display.
The prototype Dassault Mercure was broken up; one production example in Air Inter colors has been preserved.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6238 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 944 times:
One Concorde prototype is on display at the aircraft museum at Le Burget near Paris. Last time I was there it was outdoor, and it looked somewhat dirty and tired. You could walk all way through it and watch the cockpit through a window in a wall, a really cramped "office" with plenty of bells and whistles. The three drivers certainly don't have much private life at work.
Don't know about the other prototypes.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm