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Concorde to retire at Seattle's Museum of Flight
PST on Tuesday, November 4, 2003
By GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News
SEATTLE – Thousands of people may come to greet the Concorde for its arrival at Boeing Field Wednesday.
The Concorde is expected Wednesday at 3 p.m. and will be displayed at the Museum of Flight – one of only two U.S. museums to acquire a British Airways Concorde.
In the 1960s and 1970s, it was a given that all airline passengers would be flying supersonic by the turn of the century. And it was into this era that the Concorde was born. But on Oct. 24, 2003, British Airways made its final commercial flight with Concorde, and thus the supersonic airline era was over.
“The Concorde is what we consider an icon of this first century of flight. And to have it added to our collection is just marvelous,” said Ralph Bufano, Museum of Flight.
Bufano is a very happy man. Since 1985, the museum has tried to get its own Concorde to display alongside slower but more commercially successful jets.
“There were between 70 and 80 museums vying for these aircraft, and only two British aircraft came to the United States,” he added.
Wherever Concorde goes, it gets attention. Twice in Seattle, it drew big crowds. And Wednesday at Boeing Field is expected to be no different.
It will be the final landing for one of only 20 planes built.
Traffic may be snarled near the museum. Washington State Patrol has had issues with people before when they parked on I-5 to watch the B-2 Stealth bomber coming in.
There will be no public parking at the museum of flight Wednesday, but the museum is providing some 2,000 parking spaces and a free shuttle bus to get folks from marked lots along East Marginal Way down to the museum.