F-BVFD. Aerospatiale Concorde 101. c/n 211.
This aircraft was built by built by Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale, (Aerospatiale), Toulouse, France. It was entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-BVFD and registered to Aerospatiale.
It flew for the time from Toulouse on February 10, 1977. Registered to Compagnie Nationale Air France on March 21, 1977 it was handed over to the airline five days later on March 26, 1977. In November 1977 the aircraft sustained damage during a heavy landing at Dakar. The actual landing had been carried out with a sink rate of 14 feet per second against the standard 10 feet per second as recommended in the flight operations manual. The rear tail bumper was crushed. The aircraft was repaired on-site and returned to service.
It was re-registered F-BVFD / N94FD to Air France / Braniff Airways on January 12, 1979 to comply with American registration requirements for the operation of the aircraft across continental United States. Following the aircraft's arrival at New York / Washington DC from Paris, the aircraft was used by Braniff Airways to fly its Washington DC - Dallas Fort Worth service and return. Use of this aircraft was short-lived on the route as it was reregistered F-BVFD on June 1, 1980.
When Air France withdrew its regular Concorde service from the Paris - Dakar - Rio de Janeiro route in 1982 it found itself with surplus capacity. Therefore F-BVFD was withdrawn from service and stored. As it turned out F-BVFD operated its final flight on May 27, 1982. It was broken up at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in 1994, having been out of service for some 12 years. The prolonged storage had resulted in major structural corrosion setting in.
F-BVFD was cancelled from the French Aircraft Register on January 23, 1995.
The nose assembly was sold to an interested American enthusiast on March 16, 1995. The price paid was FF333,000 (€45,730). The remainder of the fuselage was moved to Dugny, close to the taxiways at Paris Le Bourget Airport
At the time of its retirement F-BVFD had flown a total of 5,814 hours with 1,929 cycles. It had flown 1,807 supersonic cycles.