On 30th October 2003, British Airways announced that National Museums of Scotland's Museum of Flight at East Fortune near Edinburgh was to be one of only seven recipients worldwide to receive one of their famous flagships. For logistical reasons, the Museum of Flight was to receive Concorde G-BOAA.
This particular aeroplane has a colourful history. This was the first Concorde British Airways bought, and it was delivered on 14th January 1976.
On 21st January 1976 G-BOAA made British Airways' inaugural Concorde flight from London's Heathrow Airport to the Middle East island Kingdom of Bahrain. Of course, BA had intended to have the inaugural flight to be to New York, but a vociferous campaign against the aircraft meant she was not yet permitted to fly into the famous US city.
However, British Airways and Air France, with the full assistance of both countries' governments finally convinced the sceptical (and some might say envious) American legislators to permit Concorde to fly to New York's JFK Airport. Again, G-BOAA was to blaze the trail, and become the first Concorde to land in New York City.
On 25th July 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed when the crew failed to maintain control after suffering damage to a fuel tank which resulted in the ignition of leaking fuel. After cancelling two flights followed by extensive safety checks of their seven operational Concordes, BA decided to continue Concorde operations to New York. G-BOAA operated on this route, and returned from JFK on 12th August 2000. Just four days later, much to the shock and disappointment of BA the Civil Aviation Authority withdrew Concorde's certificate of airworthiness.
Over the following year, BA, Air France, and Airbus worked on modifications to return the fleet to service, but a management decision at BA resulted in only five of their seven Concordes receiving this modification. G-BOAA and G-BOAB were mothballed.
On 10th April 2003, BA and Air France announced that due to the decline in the market for premium air travel, they had come to the difficult decision to retire their Concorde aeroplanes, and withdraw the worlds only commercial supersonic service. As such, 12th August 2000 was to be G-BOAA's last ever flight.
You can visit the Museum of Flight's Concorde micro-site HERE.