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BREAKING: Concorde to fly again June 16, 2009 (Update1)

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air_france_concorde.jpgFull disclaimer up front: This post originates from the official website of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace in France. I have already noted tomorrow's date (April 1st) and am crossing my fingers that this is real and actually going to happen.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of its first flight in 1969, the French Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace has restored Concorde F-BTSD (cn. 213) to flying condition and will take to the sky again on June 16, 2009 at 10:00 AM from Le Bourget Field at the Paris Air Show.

The restoration, which took place in secrcet, was funded by benefactors and aviation enthusiasts with the help of former Concorde maintenance technicians.

The two-hour flight will have F-BTSD departing Le Bourget with 50 passengers heading west out over Ireland for a trip above mach one. The last time this aircraft flew was June 2003.

UPDATE 10:03 PM: I am disappointed to announce that this March 31st post was actually intended by the museum's curator for April 1st, as it is a clever (again disappointing) hoax for April Fools Day tomorrow. Hey Jon, did you know gullible isn't in the dictionary?

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