British Airways Concorde Final Flight – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — Today in 2003, British Airways (BA) Concorde G-BOAD made its final flight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to New York’s JFK Airport.

The flight was to deliver the aircraft to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, an American military and maritime history museum in New York City with a collection of museum ships. It was JFK’s very last Concorde movement.

To commemorate Concorde’s last flight, we list some noteworthy facts and figures about the supersonic airliner, which first flew on March 2, 1969.

Concorde aircraft lands in Bahrain International Airport, 1976. Photo: used with permission.

An Aerospace Engineering Feat

Concorde was subjected to 5,000 hours of testing overseen by a team of about 250 BA engineers and relevant authorities before it was first certified for passenger flight, making it the most-tested aircraft ever.

Concorde’s first commercial flight was from LHR to Bahrain International Airport (BAH), BA300, on January 21, 1976 (Captain Norman Todd). Its last commercial flight was from New York JFK to LHR, BA2, on October 24, 2003 (Captain Mike Bannister).

Concorde had a capacity of 100 passengers and 2.5 tons of cargo. It had 100 seats: 40 in the front cabin and 60 in the rear cabin. BA’s Concorde flew just under 50,000 flights and carried over 2.5 million passengers supersonically.

With a take-off speed of 220 knots (250 mph) and a cruising speed of 1350 mph—more than twice the speed of sound—a typical London to New York flight would take just under three and a half hours, compared to about eight hours for a subsonic flight.

Supersonic Prowess

Concorde had a take off speed of 250 mph (400 kph), a cruising speed of 1,350 mph (2,160 kph/Mach 2) up to 60,000 ft, and a landing speed of 187mph (300 kph). The aircraft’s maximum take off weight was 408,000 lbs (185 tons). In November 1986, a BA Concorde flew around the world in 29 hours and 59 minutes, covering 28,238…

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