Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Pier 86 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
British Airways Concorde G-BOAD
Compared to the development prototype Concordes, the final Production airframe version that we all know so well have a higher gross weight slightly extended main landing gear legs and improved aircraft systems. They were fitted with the Olympus 593 Mk 602 or 610 production engines. One of the interesting facts about the production Concordes, is that none of them are the same, they differed in weight, this is due them being hand-built and further development as the production of the aircraft continued. 216 G-BOAF was the most up to date and lightest Concorde being last to be built, and benefiting from new materials and improvements to the design.
The number one location to visit Concorde in the USA!
Visit G-BOAD, the fastest of all the Passenger Airliner Concordes. This Concorde holds the record for the fastest flight from New York JFK to London Heathrow (2 hours 52 minutes 59 Seconds), she also flew the fly past along with the red arrows at the Queens Golden Jubilee during 2002.
New Guided Tours of “Concorde” at the Intrepid Museum
During 2011, the museum launched a new guided tour program for Concorde Alpha Delta, which has proved a great success with the public, so if you have visited this Concorde in the past, maybe its time to re-visit her for one of these amazing tours.
They now have 5 tour guides giving hour long tours daily. The passenger cabin can only be visited during the guided tour, which helps keep the aircraft in better shape. The front 5 rows of seats in the front cabin have covers to protect the leather, and this is where the guests sit, so you will actually get a chance to sit in one of the famous seats. The flight deck is now also accessible, but under the guide’s supervision. Ross Williamson from Concorde G-BOAC at Manchester, UK, has also helped with a lot of advice based on his tour experience with Manchester’s Concorde.
“Concorde: A Supersonic Story” takes visitors on a unique 45 minute tours of Concorde G-BOAD, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic, start with a short timeline of development of the aircraft, followed by about 15 minutes explaining Concorde’s technical innovation while looking at the exterior of the aircraft. The visitors then enter the passenger cabin, and the guide describes a typical New York JFK – London LHR flight on Alpha Delta to the seated guests. The tour ends with a short flight deck visit and of course the chance of the photo opportunity.
Concorde pilots reunite at the Intrepid Museum
On a visit to Intrepid Museum on April 25th, two Concorde pilots were reunited. Senior Flight Engineer Steve Hull visited the Concorde cockpit with Captain Leslie Scott. They first flew the supersonic airliner together in 2000, and had not seen each other for about ten years. Captain Scott flew for British Airways for 34 years, retiring in 2002 after 8 years as a Concorde captain. Mr Hull flew Concordes from 2000 until 2003, when the fleet was retired.
G-BOAD, the Intrepid’s Concorde, which is on loan from British Airways, is the fastest commercial aircraft to cross the Atlantic. The flight from New York to London on February 7th 1996 was clocked at 2 hours 52 minutes 59 seconds. Captain Scott and Mr Hull kindly donated material from their Concorde flying careers to Intrepid’s archives.
Story and pictures by John Lyon , Intrepid Museum Concorde Tours