Posts: 1170
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 1999 9:52 pm

European Prototypes

Fri Aug 04, 2000 1:42 am

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
Posts: 1993
Joined: Thu Apr 13, 2000 2:26 am

RE: European Prototypes

Fri Aug 04, 2000 4:33 am

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
Posts: 6582
Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2000 6:25 am

RE: European Prototypes

Fri Aug 04, 2000 7:25 am

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.
Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos