Seattle P-I reports that Museum of Flight is in line to receive one of BA
's Concordes .....
''Most people who love airplanes could only dream of flying in the supersonic Concorde, jet-setting across the Atlantic at more than 50,000 feet and at twice the speed of sound.
But now that the Concorde's days are numbered, the masses of aviation enthusiasts who could not afford $6,000 for a seat may finally be able to step inside one of the jets at various aviation museums, including the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.
When British Airways and Air France discontinue Concorde service later this year, the Museum of Flight may be in line for one of the planes to display.
Dennis Parks, senior curator for the Museum of Flight, said Seattle could land one of the planes, which are being taken out of service because demand is falling and they are not economical enough to continue operating.
There are a dozen Concordes still flying with British Airways and Air France, the only two carriers to ever operate the planes. BA
has said it will donate its seven Concordes to aviation museums in the United States and Britain.
"We are on the list," Parks said yesterday.
The museum has fielded many calls from the public asking about the Concordes following the announcement last week that British Airways and Air France would stop flights this year after 27 years of service.
The Museum of Flight last checked with BA
a couple years ago, when the entire Concorde fleet was grounded because of a crash near Paris. At the time, the British Airways chairman said the Museum of Flight would get one of the Concordes once they were retired.
But since then, the British carrier has a new chairman, so the Museum of Flight wants to make sure it remains on the list for a Concorde.
"We sent them a letter just to remind them that we have not picked one up in the meantime," museum spokesman Craig O'Neill said.
The Museum of Flight has one of the best airplane collections outside of the famed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. And last year it broke ground for a major expansion, set to open in 2004.
There is already a British connection. One of the planes being restored for display in the Museum of Flight is a de Havilland Comet, the world's first commercial jetliner. ''
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