Concorde on display: F-BVFF at Paris CDG

Concorde F-BVFF on display at Paris CDG Airport.
Mario May, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Air France Concorde F-BVFF is the retired supersonic airliner that is currently on static display at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Operating for Air France, F-BVFF (215) first flew on 26 December 1978 from Toulouse. It remains on display at Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) in Paris, being cosmetically reassembled, after the withdrawal of the type.

The Paris Concorde interior is not currently open to the public, but as a static display it can be viewed externally.

The aircraft last flew on a charter flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 11 June 2000 after flying 12,421 hours. It remains one of the few examples that is still in relatively good condition, though being a static outside display, corrosion issues remain a problem.

In its time, Concorde was a revolutionary aircraft that was capable of flying at twice the speed of sound. It was developed by a joint Anglo-French consortium in the 1960s and 1970s, and entered commercial service in 1976.

History of the aircraft

Concorde F-BVFF was manufactured in Toulouse, France in 1978. It first flew on December 26, 1978. The aircraft was delivered to Air France on October 27, 1980 and entered commercial service on November 22, 1980.


F-BVFF flew on a variety of routes for Air France, including flights between Paris and New York, London, and Washington, D.C. It was also used for charter flights.

1986: F-BVFF was the first Air France Concorde to travel around the world on a Charter flight. It would complete 12 further trips in its operation life.

2000 to 2002: A month before the Concorde accident the aircraft was withdrawn from service to provide parts for F-BTSD, which was completing its maintenance D-check. Once Sierra-Delta was back in service, work would start on Fox-Fox’s D-check.

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Work started on the check in April 2002, after the safety modifications were complete on F-BVFA. The aircraft was 60% of the way through its check when it was announced that Concorde services would stop.

Work was stopped and the aircraft was cosmetically re-assembled. The necessary upgrades were not completed before this announcement to stop Concorde services, and so it was never to fly again. She was placed on display at Paris CDG.

Restoration plans

There have been plans to eventually restore Concorde F-BVFF and open it for tours. The aircraft is under the care of the Heritage Concorde association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Concorde history.


Air France Concorde F-BVFF is a unique and iconic aircraft that is now on display at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. It is one of the few Concordes still in existence, and is one of the few that is still in relatively good condition.

Concorde F-BVFF remains a valuable part of aviation history, and it is important to preserve it for future generations.

The Heritage Concorde association is doing important work to restore and preserve this iconic aircraft.

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