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Charles De Gaulle, Paris
The Aircraft is on display along side the taxiways at the Paris Airport.
Crashed with loss of everyone on board - July 25th 2000.Aircraft remains stored at Le Bourget.

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Concorde
Role Supersonic airliner
Manufacturer BAC (now BAE Systems)
Aérospatiale (now EADS)
First flight 2 March 1969
Introduction 21 January 1976
Retired 26 November 2003
Status: Retired from service Primary
Users:
British Airways
Air France
Braniff International Airways
Singapore Airlines

The Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner, a supersonic transport (SST). It was a product of an Anglo-French government treaty, combining the manufacturing efforts of Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued for 27 years.
Among other destinations, Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights from London Heathrow (British Airways) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (Air France) to New York JFK and Washington Dulles, profitably flying these routes at record speeds, in less than half the time of other airliners.
With only 20 aircraft built, the development phase represented a substantial economic loss. Additionally, Air France and British Airways were subsidised by their governments to buy the aircraft. As a result of the type’s only crash on 25 July 2000, economic effects arising from the 11 September 2001 attacks, and other factors, operations ceased on 24 October 2003. The last retirement flight occurred on 26 November 2003. A former Air France Concorde is undergoing restoration works, and is hoped to be flying in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Regarded by many as an aviation icon, Concorde has acquired an unusual nomenclature for an aircraft. In common usage in the United Kingdom, the type is known as "Concorde".

Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concorde

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