|Aircraft Number 204|
|Manufacturer's Serial Number||100 -004|
|Production Variant Number||102|
|Maiden Flight||27th February 1975 : Filton, England|
|British Airways delivery||13th February 1976|
|Registration history:-||First Registered as G-BOAC on 3rd April 1974 to the British Aircraft Corporation Ltd|
||5th January 1979 aircraft re-registered as G-N81AC / N81AC by British Airways / Braniff Airways|
|11th August 1980 aircraft re-registered as G-BOAC by British Airways|
||De-Registered - 4th May 2004|
|Final Flight||October 31st 2003 - LHR - MAN|
|Hours Flown||22,260 hrs 11mins|
|Landings||7 730 landings|
|Supersonic Flights||6 761|
|Current Useage||Retired from passenger service to Manchester Airport|
|Notes||Concorde 204 was initially used by the manufacturers, BAC, to complete Certificate of airworthiness items, such as air conditioning system checks and auto landing trails. After the completion of these tests, 204 along with the ill fated 203 (F-BTSC), was used alongside the airlines on route proving duties around the world. Alpha Charlie was mainly based in Bahrain but also flew some routes out of Singapore.
The aircraft was retuned to BAC in 1976 after completing 141 flights to be refurbished for airliner service. G-BOAC was officially delivered to BA on the 13th Feb 1976.
As G-BOAC is the oldest Concorde in the BA fleet, although not the oldest officially owned by BA (that honour falls to G-BOAA), it is also the heaviest; mainly due to the fact that it was one of the first built and the other aircraft all benefited from the design being tweaked and the weight being reduced as production went along.
British Airways consider Alpha Charlie as the flagship of their Flagship fleet as it carries the letters 'BOAC' Which were also the initials of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, the forerunner, along with British European Airlines, to British Airways. G-BOAC was the aircraft chosen to launch the Washington service on the 26th of May 1976
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|G-BOAC returns to Heathrow after her Verification airtest on July11th 2002. This was 204's first flight in 23 months.||At the end of the airtest, Alpha Charile taxied straight back to the BA technical base.|
|G-BOAC has just arrived at Heathrow Airport from JFK, New York||
G-BOAC taxies to the end of runway 09R at Heathrow in preparation for departure, in July 2000
Thanks to Paul Robinson for his picture.
G-BOAC in the British Airways Landor livery
Picture by Frank Schaefer
Shortly after delivery to British Airways in 1976, G-BOAC in seen here in the 'TBA' hanger at London Heathrow
Concorde 204 was used in 1975 for the route proving flights and is seen here in Melbourne, Australia.
More details on route proving are available in the Key Events pages
This picture taken in the early 1980's shows aircraft 204 in its "British" vairiation of the Union Jack livery.
Picture by C A. Gage