[TRAVELMAN] Concorde low-speed record... by barge
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Sun Nov 30 17:07:34 PST 2003
... great photo!
November 25, 2003
Supersonic Jet Takes Slow Boat to New Home
By CHRISTINE HAUSER
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
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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