IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Concorde takes slow boat to Scotland

British Airways’ last Concorde swapped the glamour of supersonic flight for a sedate voyage by barge on its final journey through London Tuesday.
/ Source: Reuters

British Airways’ last Concorde swapped the glamour of supersonic flight for a sedate voyage by barge on its final journey through London Tuesday.

Stripped of its tail and wings, the icon of speed cruised past the Houses of Parliament on the River Thames on the way to an aviation museum in Scotland.

Concorde G-BOAA left London’s Heathrow Airport Sunday and is expected to arrive at the Museum of Flight near Edinburgh next Monday.

“This journey by water will avoid days of traffic snarl-ups,” said Steve Cuthbert, chief executive of the Port of London Authority, which controls River Thames traffic.

Its sea journey up the east coast of Britain is a far cry from its heyday as part of the world’s most glamorous passenger plane fleet.

Concorde G-BOAA first flew in 1975 and its last commercial flight was from New York to London in August 2000.

Its final journey is in the hold of the “Terra Marique,” a 262-foot barge.

The plane will be reassembled when it arrives in Scotland and is due to go on public display in the summer.

It is the last of the airline’s seven Concordes to find a home following BA’s decision last year to scrap the plane.

Costs escalated after an Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris in July 2000, killing 113 people.