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Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 12:32 am

An AF Concorde has made a successful 2 hours 1/2 test flight this morning.
After the departure from CDG, Concorde took the direction of the Atlantic, to test the systems at subsonic and supersonic speed.
Additional flights planned for next week
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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 1:36 am

Hope that Concorde can be back in service soon, I'm sure lot's of people have missed it.

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Welcome To See Concorde In The Sky Again!

Sat Aug 25, 2001 1:43 am

I miss the Concorde very much, so I am happy to hear this news. Hope the Concorde of Air France can improve as British Airways ' Concorde, providing higher standard services and more saft.
Long life Concorde !!!!!
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Air France Flights

Sat Aug 25, 2001 2:31 am

Today's flight was 2 and a half hours mainly at subsonic speed, although the flight brefily reached speeds of just over Mach 1, well short of the usual Mach 2 cruising speeds.

On Monday they will take the aircraft up to Mach 2 and test out all the other aircraft systems which will include a freefall landing gear test and a landing with only 3 engines running.

On the 30th it is planned for F-BVFB to take a trip to the airport of Vatry for flight crew training where touch and go circuits will take place.

F-BVFB is also scheduled to visit the paint shop at Orly.
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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 2:34 am

I wonder if there are any plans for a special 'return to service' paint scheme?

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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 3:00 am

Does anyone have any information as to when the Concorde will land at JFK either on a test or scheduled flight. Has Air France or British Airways released any timetable or schedule regarding when the Speedbird will make its North American return?

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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 3:21 am

Serveral dates are being talked about but nothing has been firmed up yet.

Both airlines are expected to make a test flight to JFK before full pax service start.

Air France are on record as saying they will re-start on 28th October when the new autumn/winter timetable starts.
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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 3:32 am

Go to for a report of the AF flight today, and a nifty archive of Concorde stories.
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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 7:57 am

The BA res. system is certainly showing SSC flights LHR/JFK from early September - 2 rotations per day - but up to today they are not open for sale... each flight is shown with a "C" for `closed` rather than an "A" for available or the actual number of seats on sale.

Hopefully they`ll open sales pretty soon....

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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sat Aug 25, 2001 9:01 pm

Yes a special 'return to service' paint scheme is a good idea. Looking forward to the day soon when Concorde will be fully operational again (long live). Will there be any new routes introduced or special flights I wonder ... to Australia (wishful thinking..)
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RE: Concorde Is Back...

Sun Aug 26, 2001 1:37 am

Those closed BA flights are Operational Assesment flights, to train up cabin crew, check-in staff and others involved in the general running of the fleet.
These flights will carry BA staff, a mix of Concorde Engineering staff and others who have entered a prize draw. These will follow the standard route to JFK, but will turn back halfway to return to LHR's T4.
One flight will go to JFK and back, Concorde Engineers who have been doing the difficult, ardurous work in the tanks will get this one.
The first flight, with Concorde staff only, will go Wenesday if the C of A is returned as expected on tuesday to the fully-modified G-BOAF.
It had better be, because I'm on it!
The only way a BA Concorde would go to Australia is on a charter, none are planned before 2003.
It will be LHR-JFK, if enough aircraft have completed their modifications by december, the weekend LHR-BGI service should resume.

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