[TRAVELMAN] Concorde low-speed record... by barge

Rohit Khare rohit at ics.uci.edu
Sun Nov 30 17:07:34 PST 2003

... great photo!


November 25, 2003

Supersonic Jet Takes Slow Boat to New Home

The supersonic jet Concorde came to a halt today as part of a floating  
museum on a New York river, its last stop after a high-altitude career  
flying celebrities and other passengers at twice the speed of sound  
across the Atlantic Ocean.

Where it once took wing, the 204-foot-long, 88-ton jet was now tied  
down, after being hauled onto a barge that plied New York City's waters  
past the Statue of Liberty and up to the Hudson River pier where the  
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is located.

The Concorde will become part of a permanent new exhibit, the museum's  
chief executive officer, Col. Tom Tyrrell, said in a statement. Its  
official opening as an exhibit will take place next spring, according  
to the museum's Web site.

In an arrival ceremony attended by officials from the museum and  
British Airways, the jet was described as "the sexiest machine" and "a  
gorgeous bird."

The journey from a storage area near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to  
the Intrepid took about two hours, compared with the three hours the  
jet took to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Special features will be added to the barge including exhibits on  
supersonic flight and the history of the Concorde, according to the  

The Concorde made aviation history as the world's only supersonic  
passenger aircraft, cruising at more than twice the speed of sound, and  
at an altitude of up to 60,000 feet.

Concorde service ended on Oct. 24 after 27 years, when British Airways  
made its last scheduled Concorde flight between New York and London.  
Air France ended its New York-Paris service last May. The companies  
said the Concorde had become financially unviable because of rising  
maintenance costs and a dearth of travelers willing to pay ticket  
prices of $5,000 and more.

In addition to the Intrepid museum, British Airways selected six other  
sites to receive Concordes, including the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Established in 1982, the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum features the  
900-foot-long aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. The museum attracts  
600,000 visitors a year.

Michelle O'Donnell contributed reporting to this article.

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