30 years ago ...
On that day, the two sole operators of the Supersonic Jetliner Concorde, Air France and British Airways, inaugurated their supersonic flights from London-Heathrow to Bahrein for B.A, and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Rio de Janeiro, via Dakar, for A.F.
Air France Concorde 085 took off at 12:40PM.
The 100 lucky passengers boarded Air France Concorde F-BVFA from the Satellite 5 at the brand new CDG airport, just opened two years previously.
77 of them were French, 8 Americans, 6 Germans, 2 Spanish, 2 Scandinavians, 4 Italians, 1 Swiss.
The oldest passenger was an 82 years old lady from Toulouse, who booked her seat several years in advance.
To symbolize 13 years of Franco-British cooperation, the two BA & AF Concorde took off at the same time.
Captain Pierre Chanoine landed F-BVFA at Dakar-Yoff airport at 3:27PM, welcomed by the President Leopold Sedar-Senghor.
They took off again at 4:45PM , to land in GIG at 8:06PM (Paris time).
It took exactly 7 hours 26minutes (including the 1h18mn stopover in DKR) to cover the 9200km/57736mi between Paris and Rio.
Concorde F-BVFA was donated by Air France in May 2003 to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, at Washington Dulles Airport.
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