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Concorde's last journey

When British Airways ended its supersonic passenger service, its seven Concorde airliners found new homes in museums.

G-BOAA, the last of the seven, was removed from Heathrow in April 2004, in preparation for a move to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune near Edinburgh. It was taken by road to Isleworth on the Thames, where it was loaded onto a special 2,000-tonne barge for the journey to Scotland.

On 12 April, the barge sailed down the Thames through London. Although its wings and tail had been removed, Concorde's majestic shape is unmistakable. Thousands came to watch Concorde's last appearance in London.


Passing the Palace of Westminster.

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Passing the Palace of Westminster.
Concorde G-BOAA passing the Palace of Westminster in April 2004, on its way to Scotland via the Thames and the east coast.

Passing the Palace of Westminster.

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Passing the Palace of Westminster.
Minus its wings and tail, Concorde G-BOAA passes the Palace of Westminster during its unique journey down the Thames in April 2004.
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Passing Big Ben.

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Passing Big Ben.
Concorde G-BOAA passing Big Ben on its last journey through central London.

Watching Concorde's last journey.

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Watching Concorde's last journey.
As Concorde G-BOAA passed through central London, large numbers of people lined the banks of the Thames. Thousands had flown in Concorde, and millions had seen it flying above, but this was a unique view.
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Concorde up close.

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Concorde up close.
A close up shot of the Concorde and the special barge used to carry it from Isleworth to Scotland.

Passing the London Eye.

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Passing the London Eye.
Concorde G-BOAA passing the London Eye and County Hall on its journey to the Museum of Flight in Scotland.
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