G-BOAD. British Aircraft Corporation Concorde 102. c/n 210.
This aircraft was built by British Aircraft Corporation at the Filton, Bristol plant. It was entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-BOAD (CofR G-BOAD/R1) on May 9, 1975 and registered to the British Aircraft Corporation.
It flew for the time from Filton on August 25, 1976.
Sold to British Airways on October 15, 1976 its registration holder was subsequently amended. It was officially handed over to the airline on December 6, 1976.
On October 26, 1977 British Airways and Singapore Airlines issued a media release that indicated the two airlines would operate three 'joint' service per week between London and Singpaore via Bahrain. This service was inaugurated on December 9, 1977 bringing the travel time between the two cities to some 9 hours. The aircraft assigned to this service was G-BOAD.
The aircraft was painted in the livery of Singapore Airlines on the port side only while retaining the standard British Airways livery on the starboard side. It was operated by British Airways Technical Crew and the Cabin Crews were drawn from the two airlines on a 50 / 50 basis. After making only three return flights the service was terminated on December 13, 1977 due to complaints from the Malaysian Government regarding the supersonic boom over the Straits of Malacca.
The service was resumed on January 24, 1979 with a new flight path avoiding Malaysian territory. However on November 1, 1980 the joint service was terminated mainly due to decreasing passenger loads, especially on the westbound flight. Forced to operate some legs of the service at subsonic speeds which increased the direct operating costs, the losses could not be sustained given the decline in passengers willing to pay a premium price to save a few hours travel time. During this period the aircraft was deployed on other British Airways services particularly to the United States thus giving Singapore Airlines free advertising at other airports.
Meanwhile the aircraft had been re-registered G-N94AD / N94AD to British Airways / Braniff Airways on January 9, 1979 to comply with American registration requirements for the operation of the aircraft across continental USA. Following the aircraft's arrival at New York / Washington DC from London, the aircraft was used by Braniff Airways to fly its Washington DC / New York - Dallas Fort Worth service and return.
It was returned to its original registration of G-BOAD and registered to British Airways on June 19, 1980 when the joint operating arrangement with Braniff Airways on this aircraft was terminated.
G-BOAD's Certificate of Airworthiness was cancelled on August 15, 2000 as a result of the crash of the Air France Concorde at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris on July 25, 2000. This accident resulted in all Concordes being grounded.
G-BOAD was fitted with the 'return to flight' modifications that had been mandated by the aircraft's manufacturer and the relevant airworthiness authorities.
The tyre manufacturer Michelin announced on June 7, 2001 that the tyres that were tested at Istres on the French Concorde F-BTSD would be fitted to all Concordes when they returned to service. On September 5, 2001 Certificates of Airworthiness were returned to modified Concordes by the British CAA and French DGAC. The CAA and DGAC announced that once each Concorde had been modified, its Certificates of Airworthiness would also be returned.
On completion of these modification a three hour supersonic verification flight was carried out on January 29, 2002. On June 4, 2002 G-BOAD participated in the Golden Jubilee Flypast over London for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, flying in formation with the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team.
The aircraft was returned to commercial service on July 1, 2002.
On July 26, 2003 it operated the final London - Barbados summer Concorde service. On its return flight to London Heathrow Airport the pilot issued a 'PAN' message followed shortly thereafter by a 'MAYDAY' as he was running very low on fuel due to a precautionary 'go-round' due to bad weather.
G-BOAD was ferried London Heathrow to New York JFK Airport in 2003. It was then moved by barge to the Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum on the banks of the Hudson River, New York on November 10, 2003. Initially stored on the barge next to the Space Museum it was subsequently moved to the Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn in December 2006. Unfortunately its condition began to deteriorate so repairs were carried out before the aircraft was moved back to Pier 86 at Manhattan and placed on the pier on October 20, 2008 for public display.
On retirement G-BOAD had flown a total of 23,397 hours and 25 minutes with 8,406 cycles. It flew a total of 7,010 supersonic speed cycles.
G-BOAD. Singapore Airlines - in the standard livery at London Heathrow Airport, May 1978.
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G-BOAD. British - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, June 1985.
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G-BOAD. British - in the revised livery at London Heathrow Airport, July 1985.
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G-BOAD. British - in the revised livery at London Heathrow Airport, June 1986.
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G-BOAD. British Airways - in the new livery at London Heathrow Airport, October 1986.
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G-BOAD. British Airways - in the new livery at London Heathrow Airport, June 1987.
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G-BOAD. British Airways - in the final livery at London Heathrow Airport, August 1999.
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