Seattle museum to get a Concorde

Oct. 30, 2003 at 8:05 PM

SEATTLE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- British Airways announced Thursday it will donate a supersonic Concorde to The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

BA said the aircraft will be flown from New York's Kennedy International Airport to Seattle's King County International Airport, the site of the museum, on Nov. 5.

The aircraft will be one of only four Concordes on display outside of Europe.

The Museum of Flight already displays several historic commercial aircraft, such as the Douglas DC-2 prototype; Boeing's 727, 737 and 747 prototypes; and the only de Havilland Comet in North America.

Museum President Ralph Bufano said Concorde will be on permanent public display, with the airplane's flight deck and cabin open to the public as soon as interpretive signage can be installed and arrangements made to protect the aircraft from wear and tear.

With a cruising speed of more than twice the speed of sound -- around 1,350 mph -- Concorde could carry 100 passengers from New York to London in fewer than three-and-a-half hours at altitudes of up to 60,000 feet.

BA's Concorde made its final commercial flight on Oct. 24.

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