Thu, Jun 12, 2003
Air France Donates Concorde to National Air and Space
Today, Air France's Concorde, F-BVFA, will take off from
Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport for the very last time, bound for
Washington's Dulles International Airport. There, Air France
officials will present the aircraft to executives from the
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum as a
F-BVFA was the first Concorde to join Air France's fleet on Dec.
18, 1975. The following month, on Jan. 21, 1976, Air France
launched its supersonic service with this aircraft on the Paris -
Dakar, Senegal - Rio de Janeiro route. F-BVFA accomplished a
round-the-world trip from Jan. 11 to Feb. 1, 1998, traveling 32,100
miles in 41 hours 27 minutes, including 19 hours 20 minutes at
supersonic speed. F-BVFA has totaled 17,824 flight hours, and
completed 6,967 flights.
The F-BVFA, the first Concorde to be displayed by an American
museum, will be on permanent exhibition at the Air and Space
Museum's new companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center,
which opens to the public December 15.
The donation ceremony will take place at the center, which is
currently under construction at Dulles Airport.
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