This week marks the 46th anniversary of the maiden flight of Concorde, the Anglo-French plane that became the first commercial airliner to fly at supersonic  speeds.

Featuring delta-shaped wings, four Olympus turbojet engines that could power flight at Mach 2 and a streamlined aluminium body fronted by its striking dropped nose cone, Concorde was widely considered to be a miracle of engineering when it first took to the skies in March 1969.

Concorde 001, a French-built prototype, made its first test flight from Toulouse on March 2, 1969, piloted by Andre Turcat.

 It flew for a total of 28 minutes and reached a top speed of 270mph – just a fraction of its potential 1,334mph.

Air France and British Airways began using Concorde for transatlantic passenger flights in 1976. Low customer numbers, rising costs, an Air France Concorde crash in 2000 and the decrease in air travel following 9/11 all contributed to the retirement of the iconic jet in 2003. 

The remaining British Airways Concordes can still be seen around the world – find out where below.

First up, BA's prototype...


Concorde 002 - G-BSST


Concorde 002 - Fleet Air Arm Museum

Type: Prototype
Where is it? The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, Somerset

The second prototype Concorde was the first to be flown in Britain, travelling from Bristol’s Filton airport – where Concorde was largely designed and built - to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire under the control of former Second World War pilot Brian Trubshaw. It last flew in March 1976, when it was transferred to its current home at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Can you get on board? This fabled piece of aviation history can be boarded – check how at the Fleet Air Arm Museum website.


Concorde 101 – G-AXDN


Concorde 101

Type: Pre-production aircraft
Where is it? Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

101 was a pre-production Concorde, used for research and development of the aircraft before it was used for commercial travel. It first took off in 1971 and made its final flight to the Imperial War Museum’s Fenland home in August 1977.

Can you get on board? Yes – details are on the Imperial War Museum website.

Concorde 202 – G-BBGD

Concorde 202

Type: Developmental production aircraft
Where is it? Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

202 was one of three Concordes built for evaluation testing and final design. It made its first flight in 1974, wearing BA’s colours. It last flew in December 1981 and was bought by BA in 1984 for spares – proving useful right up until 2001, when it was used to test the reinforced cockpit doors required for all aircraft after 9/11. It moved to Brooklands in 2003.

Can you get on board? Yes, at fixed times during the day, check the Brooklands website for details. The museum also has a Concorde flight simulator.

Concorde 204 – G-BOAC

Concorde 204

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Manchester Airport

204 was British Airways' flagship Concorde, given its BOAC registration as it was the first Concorde delivered to BA. It first left Filton in February 1975 and flew for over 22,000 hours before being placed in a glass viewing hangar at Manchester Airport in October 2003.

Can you get on board? Tours of Concorde 204 can be booked at the Manchester Airport website.

Concorde 206 – G-BOAA (“Alpha Alpha”)

Concorde 206

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Museum of Flight, East Lothian, Scotland

First flown in November 1975, 206 achieved fame when it flew with the Red Arrows in June 1996 to celebrate 50 years of Heathrow Airport.  It made its last commercial journey from New York to London in August 2000, before being transported by road and sea to the Museum of Flight in April 2004.

Can you get on board? Yes, check out the Museum of Flight website. There’s also a great slideshow of photos from the jet’s journey to Scotland.

Concorde 208 – G-BOAB (“Alpha Bravo”)

Concorde 208

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Heathrow Airport, London

Launched from Filton in May 1976, 208 flew commercial journeys until after the Air France crash in 2000, after which it made its final journey from New York to Heathrow in the August, three days after Concorde 206.

Can you get on board? Sadly, no. Concorde 208 is the one plane not (as yet) accessible to the public. It is sited near Runway 27L at Heathrow so it can be seen by passengers at the airport, but no plans are currently in place to make it more accessible.

Concorde 210 – G-BOAD (“Alpha Delta”)

Concorde 210

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, USA

210 spent more time in the air – 23,397 hours of flight - than any other Concorde. It is also the plane that holds the record for the fastest-ever transatlantic air crossing, having made the trip from New York to London in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds in 1996.

Can you get on board? Yes – find out when and how at the Intrepid Museum website.

Concorde 212 – G-BOAE (“Alpha Echo”)

Concorde 212 - Barbados Concorde Experience

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Launched in March 1977, 212 also flew for over 23,000 hours and accompanied the Red Arrows on a flypast for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. It made its final air journey to Barbados in November 2003 and remains in a special hangar at Grantley Adams Airport.

Can you get on board? Yes, 210 is a popular tourist attraction in Christ Church, Barbados, and information on tours can be found at the Barbados Concorde Experience website.

Concorde 214 – G-BOAG (“Alpha  Golf”)

Concorde 214 - Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA

Concorde 214 first left Filton in April 1978 and flew its last commercial journey in October 2003 before making its final flight on 5 November 2003 from New York in a supersonic flight which required special permission to cross northern Canada to Seattle, where it is currently displayed at the Museum of Flight.

Can you get on board? Yes, there are tours of 214 every day – details are at the Museum of Flight website.

Concorde 216 – G-BOAF (“Alpha  Foxtrot”)

Concorde 216

Type: Production aircraft used for commercial flights
Where is it? Filton Airport, Bristol, UK

The final Concorde to be built, 216 left Filton in April 1979, and made the iconic jet’s final ever flight on Wednesday 26 November 2003, returning to the airport where it had all began to be formally met by Prince Andrew.

Can you get on board? Not at the moment - the Concorde at Filton exhibition closed down prior to a planned new Bristol Aerospace Centre being built. Concorde 216 remains in storage but there are plans to make her the star of a major exhibit at the new centre.