Flight wrote that the aircraft was the oldest operational Concorde, built in 1975. It entered service with Air France on 23 October, 1980. It had accumulated 11,989 flight hours and 3,978 cycles. Its last "C" check was performed on 28 April 2000, while a more extensive "D" check was completed in September 1999.
Flight recorded the accident in its 1-7 August 2000 issue -
- Comment: When to stop
- Tyre explosion probed in Air France Concorde crash (including an image and graphics)
- Aircraft profile: Concorde (including news, images, blog posts and videos)
In April last year, Max Kingsley-Jones and I went to Brooklands Museum, near Weybirdge in Surrey, UK, for the opening of the Concorde simulator.
The original full flight simulator used to train British Airways pilots was restored and made available for private hire.
The simulator forms part of the museum's "Concorde Experience" based around the fully restored first UK production Concorde G-BBDG. See what British Airways' last Concorde chief pilot Capt Mike Bannister has to say about what the aircraft was like to fly: