F-BVFB - Ferry Flight

AF 4406 : Paris CDG to Karlsruhe-Baden–Baden

June 24th 2003

Concorde F-BVFB arrived in Germany on the first leg of its journey to the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum on June 24th. The ferry flight to Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport from Paris marked the final flight of Fox-Bravo.

The museum purchased the aircraft for the token sum of 1 euro, and it will go on display as a tribute to the 97 Germans who died in the Paris Concorde crash in July 2000.

"The homage we wish to pay to the victims of this crash, which we know had a profound effect on the people of Germany, naturally led Air France to donate one of its Concordes to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim," Air France Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta told Reuters.

"Air France has vowed to keep Concorde alive. By donating it to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, we know that F-BVFB will be preserved in the best possible conditions, and will be admired by as many people as possible," added Jean-Cyril Spinetta.

F-BVFB departed from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 10:45 as flight AF 4406, performing a final supersonic loop over the Atlantic before landing at Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport in southwestern Germany for a 12:30 landing.

At Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden the aircraft will be stripped of its trademark nose, along with the wing tips, tail fin and tail cone. Once stripped down, it will take a trip by barge down the Rhine river to the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum, where it will be re-assembled and take its place among other aviation treasures, including a Tu 144. The Tupolev Tu 144 is situated on the roof adjacent to the one on which Fox-Bravo will be mounted.

The crew for the final flight consisted of Flight Captain Jean-Louis Châtelain, First Officer Robert Vacchiani and Flight Engineer Rémy Pivet, as well as Nathalie Goubet Daudey as Chief Purser.

F-BVFB was the 7th production aircraft built and entered the Air France fleet on April 8, 1976. It flew around the world between September 1st and 21st, 1988, travelling 47,572 km in 38 hours and 13 minutes. F-BVFB flew round the world again in 1998 and 1999 and included a visit to the newly opened Hongkong Chek Lap Kok airport. In total, it has flown 14,771 hours and performed 5,473 flights.

In 1990 the aircraft was approaching the 12,000hr flying mark where an expensive major or D check would be required. At that time, Air France had 5 other aircraft that were not "hours challenged" and they were only operating a scheduled service to New York along with a handful of charters, so they decided to store the aircraft in June of 1990.

By 1996 it was clear to the airline that the major checks of the rest of the fleet would have to be completed in the coming years, therefore Fox-Bravo would be needed to provide enough aircraft, so its D check was started in April 1996. The aircraft returned to passenger service in May 1997, after 7 years out of service.

After the Paris crash, Fox-Bravo was the first aircraft in the Air France fleet to be modified with the tank liners a few months later. It was therefore first to be re-certified for passenger flight and flew the majority of the Air France crew training flights before the aircraft went back into service.

F-BVFB also holds the honour of being the last ever Air France flight with fare paying passengers on-board. Due to a small technical delay on the 31st of May, the "Round the Bay of Biscay" charter flight being operated by Fox-Bravo was late to depart, so it landed back at CDG roughly 45mins after the inbound New York flight had arrived, to close out paying Concorde passenger service from Air France.

Aircraft F-BVFB (207)
Crew

Jean-Louis CHATELAIN (Commander)

Robert VACCHIANI (First Officer)

Rémy PIVET (Flight Engineer)

Jean-Pierre DESSERPRIT (supernumerary crew member)

Cabin
Crew

Nathalie GOUBET DAUDEY (Chief Purser)

Evelyne COLOMES

Jean-Michel ROYER

Gérard DENUIT

François CALMELS

Olivier BEAUDON

Departure
Paris CDG 10:45
Arrival
Paris CDG 12:30
Flight Time
1hr 45 mins

Routing

North to the Channel, crossing the coastline overhead Le Havre. Heading north-west to the TESGO waypoint in mid-Channel, where the route then heads left down the Channel towards the Bay of Biscay via the AKELO waypoint.
Over the Bay of Biscay, around 250km to the west of Brest, a 270 degree clockwise loop is performed that sends the aircraft back to Paris over the Channel Islands and Cherbourg Peninsula.
The aircraft then flies overland to southwest Germany subsonically

Hours Flown 14,771 hrs
Landings 5,473
Notes

F-BVFB departed from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and performed a final supersonic loop over the Atlantic, before landing at Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport in southwestern Germany for a 12:30 landing.

At Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden the aircraft will be stripped of its trademark nose, along with the wing tips, tail fin and tail cone. Once stripped down, it will take a trip by barge down the Rhine river to the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, where it will be re-assembled and take its place among other aviation treasures, including a Tu 144.

The Tupolev Tu 144 is situated on the roof adjacent to the one on which Fox-Bravo will be mounted.

 

Picture Gallery

F-BVFB departs from CDG for the VIP flight

Philippe Noret

Fox-Bravo "cleans up" after departure

Philippe Noret

Fox-Bravo off to the Bay of Biscay on its final flight

Philippe Noret

At Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden, Fox-Bravo flew overhead before making its final approach

Christopher Schmidt

F-BVFB on finals into Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden

Alexander Elsas

Fox-Brovo heads for its final landing

Alexander Elsas

Concorde 207 arriving in Germany at the half way stage of its journey to Sinsheim

Oliver Keil

Fox-Bravo touching down at Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden in southwest Germany

Kai-jens Meyer
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F-BVFB taxies to a halt for the final ever time

Christopher Schmidt

Over 30,000 people turned out to see the aircraft

Oliver Keil

Captain Châtelain greets the waiting crowds from the cockpit window

Kai-jens Meyer
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The full crew gather on the wing for the traditional group photo

Kai-jens Meyer
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Official Press Release

Air France

Air France donates Concorde F-BVFB to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany

On Tuesday 24 June 2003, Air France's Concorde F-BVFB will leave Paris-Charles de Gaulle for the last time bound for Germany. It will leave its parking stand at Terminal 2A at CDG at 10.30 a.m. and will take off around 10.45 a.m. It will then fly a supersonic loop over the Atlantic and will land at Karlsruhe-Baden–Baden airport at 12.45 p.m.

The crew of this flight will be made up of Flight Captain Jean-Louis Châtelain, First officer Robert Vacchiani and Flight Engineer Rémy Pivet, as well as Nathalie Goubet Daudey as Chief Purser.

F-BVFB carries the serial number 7 and entered the Air France fleet on 8 April 1976. It flew around the world between 1 and 21 September 1988, travelling 47,572 km in 38 hours and 13 minutes. In total, it has flown 14,771 hours and performed 5,473 flights.

"Concorde has profoundly marked the history of Air France," underlined Air France Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta. "27 years of achievement, records broken, passion shared, and a tragedy on 25 July 2000 which will remain forever in our minds, as will the memory of the crew members and passengers of flight 4590 which crashed just after take-off. The homage we wish to pay to the victims of this crash, which we know had a profound effect on the people of Germany, naturally led Air France to donate one of its Concordes to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, one of the most prestigious aviation museums in the world."

"Air France has vowed to keep Concorde alive. By donating it to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, we know that F-BVFB will be preserved in the best possible conditions, and will be admired by as many people as possible.", added Jean-Cyril Spinetta,