Cockpit of the Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 (F-BVFB) as used by Air France at the Technik Museum Sinsheim (Germany)
The highlight of the Technik Museum Sinsheim aircraft collection is undoubtedly the original Air France Concorde F-BVFB. This supersonic jet is completely accessible to our museum visitors – a staircase leads visitors from "Flight Deck" up to 30 metres (98 ft), allowing access into the passenger compartment and viewing of the cockpit. The original Rolls-Royce engines can be seen in the museum, along with numerous accessories and technical equipment.
This queen of the air was transported from Paris in 2003 via Baden-Baden to the Technik Museum Sinsheim, and has since been available to admire next to its once Russian competitor, the Tupolev TU-144. This Concorde with serial number 207 was included in the Air France fleet on 8 April 1976. From 1 until 21 September 1976 the aircraft flew round the world, thereby covering a distance of 47.572 kilometres (29.560 mi) in 38 hours and 13 minutes. Altogether, this "Concorde" accomplished 14.771 flight hours and 5473 flights.
The Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde is a French-British turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated from 1976 until 2003.
It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04 (2180 km/h or 1354 mph at cruise altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and operated for 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially; the other is the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144, which operated in the late 1970s. Twenty Concorde aircraft were built, six for development
and 14 for commercial service. All of these, except two of the production aircraft, are preserved. One aircraft (F-BVFD) was scrapped in 1994,
and another (F-BTSC) was destroyed in a crash in 2000.
The Technik Museum Sinsheim (Sinsheim Museum of Technology) is a technology museum with a strong emphasis on motorized means of transport.
It has been located in the town of Sinsheim (south-east of Heidelberg) in the German state of Baden-Württemberg since its opening in 1981. The two supersonic airliners Concorde and Tupolev Tu-144, which are standing together, are the most striking attraction, but the museum has several collections. The collection includes: aircraft, classic vintage cars, racing- and classic motorcycles, racy sports cars, Formula One legends, extensive militaria, mechanical, rarities and fashions. The museum was founded by car enthusiasts, with the entrepreneur Eberhard Layher as initiator. In addition, the museum also features an IMAX 3D cinema with state-of-the-art 4K technology and a 22x27 metre (about 72x88 ft) projection screen. The museum is connected to the Technik Museum Speyer (Speyer Museum of Technology) in the city of Speyer, which is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the west.