A Concorde is Scrapped

 

Present location – Dugny, La Bourget Airport, Paris, France.

 

Owned by The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

 

This Concorde known as Fox Delta was withdrawn from service after the closure of the Paris-Dakar-Rio route, leaving the aircraft surplus to Air France fleet requirements for one less Concorde.

 

Fox-Delta was the chosen one as it was the aircraft that had its airframe repaired after it suffered a heavy landing in Dakar 5 years previously, in November1977 (the landing was at 14 feet per second against the standard 10 fps limit and caused the rear tail bumper wheel to be crushed.)

 

Fox-Delta was broken up in 1994, at Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France, after being out of service for 12 years.

 

Due to the length of time being stored outside, the airframe had suffered from serious corrosion.

 

The nose assembly was sold to a rich American on 16 March 1995 for FF300,000 (~€45,730).

 

The rest of the fuselage was moved to Dugny, close to the taxiways at Le Bourget. To this day some of the remains of this Concorde can still be view in this location. The pictures below will show you what you can expect to see, and the maps will show the current location of the remains.

Left; BVFD in service and in one piece before scrapping in 1994

Right; The scrapping process is started, valuable spares are removed for the flying Air France fleet. Nose cone is removed, windows, avionics and any other parts that can be salvaged

Left; once all the valuable spares and parts have been removed the aircraft is prepared for disposal, here you can see the cockpit section is being prepared for removal.

 

This picture also shows the leading edges of the wing have been removed


The cockpit section was sold to an unidentified american, at least part of this aircraft is in private hands and we hope the section is being looked after.

 

You can see the machinery used to destroy the airframe waiting in the background while the valuable cockpit is removed

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Right; The cockpit is gently removed from the aircraft after being cut from the rest of the airframe. It is sad to see the death of such a beautiful aircraft.

 

You will also notice the front landing gear is now off the floor, once the weight of the cockpit is removed the CG moves backward and the fuselage is at risk of resting on it's tail

Left; Here you can see the aircraft is now completely tilted onto it's tail section.

 

The machines are moved in for the kill


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Right; A close up of the cockpit section, a worker takes a look inside. In the background the fuselage rests on it's tail while other aircraft fly free. 

A very sad moment and a sad end to an aviation icon

Below: The machines move in and death is quick, workers pose for a photograph 

The remains of the fuselage are moved to a scrapyard in Dugny close to the airport.

Below: Various images of the remains of the aircraft at Dugny