THE CONCORDE LANDS FOR GOOD British SST bound for Intrepid
By WARREN WOODBERRY Jr.
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, November 11th 2003, 7:28AM
That's it. No more. Really!
The Concorde made its final flight to New York yesterday to become part of a permanent exhibition at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.
The jet landed at Kennedy Airport after surprising Queens locals, who for decades lived with the deafening noise of the supersonic jet.
The British Airways plane had made its final transatlantic flight to London on Oct. 24, but is now back in town for good.
This month, the world's fastest passenger plane will be decommissioned and transported from the airport by barge to stand alongside the Intrepid aircraft carrier on the Hudson River.
"I think that it's really fitting that New York's newest major attraction will be displayed at one of New York's most fond family destinations," said Tom Tyrrell, executive director for the Intrepid Museum.
British Airways and Air France this year retired their Concorde jets, ending an era in luxury supersonic passenger travel that lasted 27 years.
Yesterday's noncommercial Concorde flight touched down at Kennedy's runway 22-right at 1:56 p.m.
A hundred British Airways workers were aboard the plane, which can travel at twice the speed of sound, crossing the Atlantic in about 3 1/2 hours.
Last night, the jet taxied to an airport hangar, where it will be stripped of its Rolls-Royce engines and drained of fuel and oil in preparation for display at the Intrepid.
On Nov. 25, cranes will hoist the aircraft onto a barge that will sail it through Jamaica Bay, under the Verrazano Bridge and then dock beside the Intrepid.
"Concorde is bowing out in style, with dignity and affection," said David Noyes, an executive vice president for British Airways. "And we can be especially proud that the legacy of Concorde will have a place of honor at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and that millions of people visiting New York City will be able to marvel at this wonderful aircraft."
For those who could not afford to fly the Concorde, the exhibit, expected to open next spring, will present enthusiasts with another opportunity to see and board the plane.