Concorde G-BOAD: A Supersonic Icon at the Intrepid Museum

Concorde G-BOAD on display at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York
Roland Turner from Birmingham, Great Britain, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Rising gracefully above the Hudson River, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City stands as a testament to human ingenuity and the daring spirit of exploration.

Nestled amidst a collection of awe-inspiring aircraft and artifacts, lies one of the static display examples of a true aviation marvel: the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD (G-BOAD).

Once a symbol of cutting-edge technology and the pinnacle of luxury travel, the Concorde was a supersonic passenger airliner that could soar at twice the speed of sound, bridging continents in a matter of hours.

Its sleek, elongated form, adorned with the iconic British Airways livery, became a familiar sight in the skies during its reign from 1976 to 2003.

History of Concorde G-BOAD

G-BOAD, the fourth production Concorde off the assembly line, entered service with British Airways in 1976.

This aircraft, serial no. 100-010 (G-BOAD), first flew on August 25, 1976. Concordes crossed the Atlantic Ocean in under three hours, or less than half the time of any other jetliner flying that route even today.

Environmentalists’ protests prevented its supersonic use over the United States and limited airport operation.


Over the next 27 years, it traversed the globe, carrying passengers across the Atlantic Ocean at speeds that made the world seem smaller.

In 1996, G-BOAD etched its name into aviation history by setting the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a passenger aircraft, completing the journey from New York to London in just 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds.

With a total of 27 passengers on board, Concorde G-BOAD made a departure from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on February 7, 1996.

The aircraft carried out the transatlantic crossing to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) at an average speed of 1,250 miles (2,010 kilometers) per hour.

Timelessness preserved

Stepping inside G-BOAD is like stepping back in time to an era of elegance and unparalleled speed. The narrow fuselage, a necessity for supersonic flight, is lined with plush seats, each equipped with a personal overhead console and a fold-down tray table.

The passenger cabin exudes an air of sophistication, with polished wood paneling and subtle lighting creating a sense of intimacy and exclusivity.

The cockpit, a realm of precision instruments and complex systems, reveals the technological marvel that made supersonic flight possible.

The pilot and co-pilot seats, positioned high above the instrument panel, offer a panoramic view of the world ahead, while an array of analog instruments and gauges hint at the task required to navigate the skies at such incredible speeds.

Behind the cockpit, the galley, a compact yet functional space, speaks to the culinary ingenuity that graced Concorde flights.

Even at Mach 2, passengers were treated to gourmet meals, prepared and served with the same attention to detail one would expect in a fine dining establishment.

In 2003, a combination of factors, including the high cost of operation, safety concerns following a tragic accident in France, and a decline in air travel following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, led to the retirement of the Concorde fleet.

G-BOAD, having completed over 50,000 supersonic crossings and carried over 250,000 passengers, made its final flight from London to New York in 2003, landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport for the last time.

In 2006, G-BOAD found a new home at the Intrepid Museum, where it has become one of the most popular exhibits.

Photo Credits: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Visitors from around the world marvel at its sleek lines, step inside its iconic cabin, and imagine the thrill of soaring through the skies at twice the speed of sound.

G-BOAD stands as one of the living examples of human innovation, a symbol of an era when dreams of supersonic travel took to the skies.

As of July 1 2023, the Intrepid Concorde was temporarily relocated offsite for necessary maintenance. The experience and exhibit will re-open to the public in Spring 2024.

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