One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia Museum site at the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Designated as an Aerospatiale BAC Concorde 100 and registered as F-WTSB (msn 1), this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse after a career that included a full range of test and development activity.
The Aeroscopia Museum where Concorde msn 1 will be permanently displayed has received funding from Airbus, and its collection will also include one of the initial A300s – the cornerstone widebody jetliner in Airbus’ product line – as well as the msn 1 flight test A400M military airlifter.
Continental Airlines (Houston) was cleared yesterday (November 29) of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. The ruling absolves a Continental mechanic of involuntary manslaughter according to this report by Reuters. The mechanic had fashioned a non-standard titanium strip that fell off a Continental McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft that fell onto the runway just before the Air France (Paris) Concorde attempted its ill-fated takeoff. Air France flight AF 4590 was scheduled to fly from Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on July 25, 2000. Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) crashed into a hotel in Gonesse, France. All 100 passengers and the nine crew members on board died in the fiery crash.
Today Continental Airlines is now part of United Continental Holdings.
Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Concorde 100 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured at Paris (CDG) in March 1976 in the original 1959 delivery color scheme. The airliner was originally leased by Air France from Aerospatiale on January 1, 1976 as the earlier model of the type. It was converted to a Concorde 101 in June 1980.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. The ill-fated Air France Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured on final approach at Basel/Mulhouse on May 27, 1990. Sadly it would crash at Paris (CDG) on July 25, 2007.
The British “Save Concorde Group”, SCG, and the French “Olympus 593” are joining forces in an effort to possibly fly the Concorde again.
The Concorde was retired by both Air France and British Airways seven years ago, but it is hoped the jet could return to flight for air shows.
The group will test the engines at a stored museum Concorde near Paris to determine what will be need to restore the aircraft to flying condition.
Continental Airlines (Houston) has denied any wrongdoing. French prosecutors stated Continental should be fined 175,000 euros ($218,800) for manslaughter over its role in the 2000 crash of an Air France (Paris) Concorde plane which killed 113 people.
Continental Airlines (Houston) and two of its employees will go on trial next week in France for manslaughter of 113 people involved in the Air France Concorde crash of July 25, 2000. A former French civil aviation official and two senior members of the Concorde program will also be tried on the same charge on Tuesday in a court near Paris, with proceedings expected to last four months.