Last Concorde To Fly From New York Gets A New Lick Of Paint

It has now been more than 17 years since Aérospatiale and BAC’s legendary supersonic Concorde airliner flew its last commercial service. Though the world’s skies are no longer filled with the noise of its roar, 18 of the 20 examples built remain on display worldwide. G-BOAG is one of these, and can be found at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It flew the last-ever commercial Concorde flight, and is now set to receive a fresh coat of paint.

British Airways Concorde G-BOAG
G-BOAG was delivered to British Airways as G-BFKW in 1980. Photo: Sunil Gupta via Wikimedia Commons

A fresh coat of paint

Seattle’s Museum of Flight is something of an avgeek’s paradise. Situated on the periphery of Boeing Field / King County International Airport, this impressive facility is the world’s largest private air and space museum. One of the many aircraft on display for its 500,000 annual visitors to enjoy is G-BOAG, an ex-British Airways Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde.

Concorde was rather rare, with just six test aircraft and 14 production models built despite initially attracting around 100 orders. Few could afford to fly on it, but its legacy is such that 18 of the 20 are preserved at various sites around the world. Of course, with Concorde being such a special exhibit, museums take pride and joy in keeping it in good condition.

Concorde Museum of Flight
G-BOAG on display with various Boeing and Lockheed aircraft in 2014. Photo: redlegsfan21 via Flickr

With this in mind, the Museum of Flight announced last week via Twitter that it had brought G-BOAG inside to prepare for some cosmetic work. The institution has sanded the aircraft in preparation for giving it a fresh coat of paint, to make it look as resplendent as it did during its BA days. Simple Flying has contacted the museum for more information.

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The last commercial Concorde flight

While all Concorde aircraft are special in their own right, G-BOAG had the particular honor of being the last example to operate a supersonic commercial flight out of New York. On October 24th, 2003, G-BOAG roared into the skies laden with 100 lucky guests for the final time, making its way across the North Atlantic Ocean to BA’s London Heathrow hub.

Concorde Final Heathrow Landing Getty
Huge crowds gathered to watch the final commercial Concorde flight land. Photo: Getty Images

Soon afterward, G-BOAG made its way to Seattle for preservation at the Museum of Flight. Interestingly, this journey was also a record-breaking trip. The museum explains:

On its retirement flight to The Museum of Flight on November 5th, 2003, ‘Alpha Golf’ set a New York City-to-Seattle speed record of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 2 seconds. Much of the flight was over northern Canada, where it flew supersonic for 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 4 seconds.”

Where else are Concordes on display?

Having established that visitors to the Museum of Flight get the chance to see or of the 18 preserved Concordes, where might you find the other 17? As far as the six test aircraft are concerned, three are preserved in France (Le-Bourget, Paris Orly, and Toulouse), and three remain on display in the UK (Brooklands, Duxford, and RNAS Yeovilton).

Concorde Duxford
G-AXDN was one of six Concorde test aircraft. Today, it is one of the type’s 18 preserved examples, and is on display at Imperial War Museum Duxford in the UK. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying

Meanwhile, the 12 remaining production examples of Concorde have a wider spread. For example, G-BOAE is situated at Barbados’s Grantley Adams International Airport. As well as G-BOAG, two more are located in the USA, namely in New York (Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum) and Washington DC (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum).

Ex-Air France Concorde FBVFB is an interesting example, as it is preserved adjacent to an example of its Soviet rival, the Tupolev Tu-144, at Germany’s Technik Museum Sinsheim. The remaining examples, as expected, are spread throughout France and the UK. These various locations help the legacy of supersonic flight to continue to inspire the world.

Have you ever seen G-BOAG at the Museum of Flight in Seattle? Perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to fly on this legendary supersonic airliner? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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