MusÃ©e de lâAir et de lâEspace, Le Bourget, France
âConcorde Lives On, She Is Only Sleepingâ
There are many air and space museums in the world, but only one has two Concordes: the MusÃ©e de lâAir et de lâEspace outside Paris. And one of them is in spectacular condition because it was kept alive until 2007 by a team of volunteer mechanics and crew who maintained and flew it for Air France.
The centerpieces of the museum are Concorde 001 (the prototype Concorde that flew in 1969) and Concorde F-BTSD (known as Sierra Delta; see Figure 16-1), housed in a dedicated hall facing each other. The Sierra Delta was kept in good order by a team of volunteers called âMaintenance Concorde.â
Figure 16-1. Concorde F-BTSD; courtesy of Sergio Colucci (scolucci)
Visitors lucky enough to be at the museum when the volunteers are working on the aircraft ...