France's Concorde era came to a nostalgic end on 27 June, with the final touchdown of an Air France example at Toulouse Blagnac airport after 27 years of operation.
The flight was the last museum delivery flight of an Air France Concorde (F-BVFC), which landed at the place of its birth after a short indirect supersonic flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The aircraft, one of 10 Concordes (including three development aircraft) assembled in Toulouse, has been donated to Airbus and will form the centrepiece of a new museum.
British Airways will continue to operate its Concordes on transatlantic services until 24 October, and is expected to continue operations on special flights and charters for several months after that. It is yet to decide on the final resting places of its seven aircraft, although candidates include museums in the UK (Brooklands, Cosford, Duxford and Filton) and the USA (Seattle, New York and Washington DC), and London Heathrow's Terminal 5.
Source: Flight International