The last released copy of the legend of supersonic passenger aviation Concorde №216 "Alpha Foxtrot" was towed to the eternal parking in a hangar specially built for this, becoming an exhibit of the Bristol Aerospace Museum.
The Alpha Foxtrot is the last of 20 Concordes built, commissioned in 1979 and ending its flying career in 2003. According to the administration of the museum, the construction of the hangar and transportation of the aircraft using a standard tractor with the participation of specialists from British Airways and Airbus cost $ 19 million.
At one time, the start of regular flights of supersonic passenger aircraft was compared in importance to landing on the moon. Concorde carried 128 passengers at a speed of 2, 180 km / h in a comfortable 1st class cabin. It seemed to many then that a new era in the history of aviation had begun.
However, everything was not so cloudless. High operating costs, expensive rocket fuel, laws that severely restrict flight zones due to loud noise and, of course, the high cost of tickets "declared" themselves more and more loudly. Despite enthusiastic estimates, the demand for supersonic passenger services remained steadily low.
A total of 20 cars were built and that, largely thanks to government orders for the national airlines British Airways and Air France. The decision to completely stop flights was made 3 years after the Concorde plane crash No. 203 in 2000 near the Paris airport. Charles de Gaulle.