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Concorde 205 F-BVFA, Chantilly, USA

A National Science Foundation meeting at George Mason University this week, provided the opportunity to visit my favourite aviation Museum, the quite brilliant Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Concorde F-BVFA.

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I’m have often thought it surprising that Foxtrot Alpha ended up in Washington, as it was in many ways the Air France flagship airframe operating the initial services to Rio de Janeiro, Washington, and New York. Foxtrot Alpha also flew more than any other Air France Concorde achieving 17,824 hours by it’s final flight to Washington in June 2003.

This flight itself is interesting in that it was captured on video from a boat below the flightpath across the atlantic which features the distinctive double boom produced by Concorde flying supersonically.

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