What Happened To British Airways’ Concordes?

There’s no doubt about it, the Concorde was one of the world’s most iconic aircraft. But, what happened to the supersonic masterpiece once it was retired from British Airways?

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Concorde is an icon of the aviation industry. Photo: Airbus

British Airways operated seven Concorde aircraft with registrations varying from G-BOAA to G-BOAG. Typically, when removed from service, aircraft are broken down for spare parts and to be recycled. However, there was no need for spare parts from a Concorde, and as such, they were scattered to museums around the world. Let’s take a look at the fate of each, however, if you haven’t got time to read the article, why not watch our video on the topic:

G-BOAA

The first aircraft in BA’s Concorde fleet, G-BOAA was delivered on the 14th of January 1976. According to Club Concorde, the aircraft flew 8,064 flights racking up 17,824 flying hours. After being partially dismantled, the aircraft was transported by barge down the River Thames. It was then delivered to Edinburgh’s Museum of Flight, where it has remained ever since.

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G-BOAA at its final resting place in Edinburgh’s museum of flight. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

G-BOAB

G-BOAB is arguably the most well-known Concorde, seen by thousands of passengers each day. The aircraft was placed into retirement at Heathrow Airport, where it continues to stand as a reminder of the important role Heathrow played in the Concorde program. The aircraft is still owned by British Airways and is maintained as part of the fleet’s overall cleaning program.

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G-BOAB resides at London’s Heathrow airport, tucked away by the end of runway 27L. Photo: British Airways

G-BOAC

Technically the second aircraft to be delivered to British Airways, G-BOAC was flown 7,729 times. In this time it racked up over 22,200 flying hours. G-BOAC has a rather special registration as it matches British Airways’ predecessor, the British Overseas Airways Corporation. The aircraft’s final resting place is at Manchester Airport, one of BA’s domestic destinations.

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G-BOAC now resides in a hangar in Manchester. Photo: Kurt Trew via Flickr

G-BOAD

G-BOAD is the Concorde with the highest flying time. The aircraft spent a total of 23,397 hours flying in the skies spread across 8406 flights. The aircraft was also the only Concorde to wear the Singapore Airlines livery. These days it can be found at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. New York was the Concorde’s main destination following displeasure at the noise generated by supersonic flight.

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G-BOAD rests out in the New York sunshine. Photo: Rob Young via Wikimedia

G-BOAE

G-BOAE is the Concorde currently located furthest south on the globe. Resting in Barbados, the aircraft is protected from the elements by a permanent hanger. However, according to Heritage Concorde, the aircraft is currently closed to the public.

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G-BOAE resting in a Barbados hangar. Photo: Terrazzo via Flickr

G-BOAF

G-BOAF was the last Concorde to be delivered to British Airways. The aircraft was delivered on the 6th of September 1980, and according to Club Concorde flew 18,257 hours across 6,045 flights. The aircraft can today be found in the Aerospace Bristol museum located at Filton Airfield, the site of the first British Concorde flight.

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G-BOAF landing for the final time at Bristol’s Filton Airport. Photo: Airbus

G-BOAG

British Airways’ final Concorde, G-BOAG is also the carrier’s least utilized aircraft. In total it only flew 16,239 hours across 5,633 different flights. This gives an average flight time of just 2.9 hours. G-BOAG is the furthest west Concorde residing at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

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G-BOAG resides at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Photo: InSapphoWeTrust via Flickr

Have you been lucky enough to visit any of these Concordes? Let us know in the comments!

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Robert Kalin

I was lucky enough to fly on Concorde (JFK>LHR) BA006 in August 2013. It was one of the last flights on Concorde. Interestingly, my flight was scheduled on 8/15 but, on 8/14, the entire NorthEast corridor had a blackout (remember?) So, my flight was delay until 8/16. Due to all of the refrigeration’s loss of power, all the good food was trashed. I was the ONLY Concorde crossing to be served cold pasta salad!!!!

Vee

You mean 2003…
Airbus stopped technical support in 2003

David E SWAYZE

I toured G-BOAE in Barbados in 2016. It was a fantastic tour and one I will never forget. The Concorde is not only a marvel of technology, especially for its time, but a thing of incredible beauty. I just felt so fortunate to able to sit in one of the seats and imagine the experience of flying at Mach 2. To hear how the aircraft heated up and stretched at altitude was really something. Walking around her, seeing the massive engines, and that iconic nose is something to behold. The pilot on the last flight of G-BOAE stuck his hat… Read more »

David Almond

What about the Concord at Brookland’s

Dave Williams

I flew G-BOAF JFK-LHR (BA002) on 13 July 2003. The flight was packed and one of the other passengers was TV presenter Steve Rider, who at the time was presenting Formula 1 coverage. Fantastic flight ending in a holding pattern that took us in sight of Gatwick and over Brooklands where you could see the Concorde cockpit. The only downside was BA made a complete dog’s dinner of previous day’s flight to JFK and we arrived over three hours late then had to queue for another hour waiting for immigration staff to arrive. That cut down my sight-seeing plans but… Read more »

Dan

Have been lucky enough to visit every BA Concorde, finishing with the Bristol one earlier this year. Actually started my “tour” back in 2004 with a visit to AE in the fantastic experience in BGI (when it was open)

Dave Williams

Dan, that’s outstanding! Since my earlier post I’ve done a bit of digging and found out a bit more on two of the Concordes. G-BOAG is a low hours airframe because it was grounded for a year in 1981 after a problem with hydraulic contamination and then, after a £1million repair job, spent another three years in the hanger being used as a source of spare parts. In 1985 she was returned to service as the launch aircraft for the Landor livery. G-BOAB has been the subject of numerous news reports and apparently is in a semi-derelict state being used… Read more »

Herb33

When G-BOAA was delivered to the Edinburgh museum, this is located on a former WW2 grass airfield , connected to the main road by a very minor , winding country road. I was curious about how they could deliver the very long fuselage to the site. It transpired that the army built a temporary dead straight steel road specifically for the delivery. I had the good fortune to be at the first flight of 002 , the first British prototype , and was standing by the runway almost where she lifted off. Incredible to believe this was 50 years ago… Read more »

Peter kaluzny

I watched concorde take off and land at the airport Hotel at end of Manchester runway you could nearly touch it. Having such a close up of the after burners coming on and the noise was incredible. Apparently one time the vibration cracked the walls of the airport Hotel. Was very close to flying on concorde when they did special one hour trips out over the Atlantic supersonic. Missed out by about ten people. My brother and me were gutted. Its one aircraft that I will never forget.

Douglas Blow

Visited BOAC in Manchester last year, apart from the soft tyres, it looked like it was ready to fly. Spooky!

Les Bradshaw

I catered the last flight that G-BOAG did from Toronto before retiring. I visited The Museum of Flight in Seattle about a year after it arrived there. It still looked in tip top shape. Everything inside was covered in clear hard plastic sheets for protection. There was no access to the cockpit as it was also closed off but you could still see inside. They even had a galley boarded on the aircraft. It was good to see that the Museum was concerned about preserving the aircraft.

David Moreton

Flew GBOAD from Singapore to LHR.Great flight but too quick!

Jay

In June 2018, I visited G-BOAG at the Museum of Flight. It was a highlight of an incredible day there for this fan of flight. However, G-BOAG was then and is as of this writing, in the Aviation Pavilion, a covered gallery. It is not outside, as shown in the photo accompanying this article.

Redrado

I have visited an Air France Concorde (F-WTSB), which is now repainted. I was really excited! The aircraft is right now at Touluse. On the Aeroscopia museum. There is another one that i also managed to visit which is on the original livery and i could enter on it as well. Never visited a BA Concorde sadly. Sad Concordes don’t fly anymore.