203 - F-BTSC

F-BTSC - aircraft number 203
Current registrationF-BTSC
Manufacturer's Serial Number100 -003
Production Variant Number100 (Converted to 101 for Air France Sale)
Maiden Flight31st January 1975 : Toulouse, France
Registration and Ownership historyFirst Registered as F-WTSC to Aerospatiale
28th May 1975 aircraft re-registered as F-BTSC by Aerospatiale
6th January 1976 aircraft leased to Air France
8th December 1976 aircraft returned to Aerospatiale.
11th June 1979 aircraft re-leased to Air France
June 1980 Aircraft converted to Type 101
23rd October 1980 aircraft was purchased by Air France
Current UseageCrashed with loss of airframe and everyone on board : July 25th 2000
Remains are stored in a hanger at Le Bourget Airport, awaiting judicial inquiry

Notes

F-BTSC(203), being originally a model 100 (that would have been converted to a model 103 for Pan-Am), was the heaviest Concorde of all the Air France fleet: it was just under one ton heavier and two years older than the lighter and youngest F-BTSD (213).

After taking part in the route proving flights in 1975, she was leased to Air France in 1976 for use until their other aircraft were delivered. In 1977 she took part in a mid-east sales tour , where they was interest in a purchase from Iran. After featuring in the Concorde disaster movie in 1979 she was stored until being bought by Air France for 1 Franc in 1980.

She was re-stored, along with F-BVFD, on 1st November 1982 when the airline were only operating 7 flights a week to New York. F-BTSC came back into service on 28th April 1986, when other Air France aircraft were due to undergo engineering checks. She was out of service for the D check between June 1998 and November 1999, where the keel beam was replaced due to corrosion, at a cost of £4M

The D check involved visual, radiographical and ultrasonical checks. The work total 60,000 hours of checking, piece by piece. After which three weeks of ground tests took place before two flight tests were performed. The aircraft then returned to Service on 1st November 1999

On July 25th 2000 the aircraft was written off in a crash outside Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris.

  • It had made 3978 landings
  • It had completed 11,989 flight hours.
  • In 1978-79 this Aircraft was the one used in the film "Airport'79 : The Concorde".
  • On 2nd May 1989 this Concorde carried Pope John Paul II.