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Concorde bobs towards a buoyant future.

After years of carrying thousands of celebrities and other well-heeled customers across the Atlantic, a Concorde jet made its final trip into New York Harbour yesterday - on a barge.

The 88-ton British Airways supersonic jetliner is the newest and most exotic addition to the aircraft collection at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.

The sleek, white plane, glistening in the morning sunshine, dwarfed the barge that carried it through New York Harbour on a cold morning.

It glided up the harbour and past the Statue of Liberty before docking alongside the museum.

Ceremonies to welcome the new addition were held at the riverfront museum.

Rather than sharing space on the flight deck of the Intrepid, a former Second World War aircraft carrier, it will occupy its own barge next to the Intrepid pier.

The Concorde, the only supersonic commercial transport, retired last month after 27 years of flying the rich across the Atlantic. The era of supersonic commercial flight collapsed after an Air France Concorde crashed on takeoff in Paris in July 2000, killing 113 people.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2003
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