2003-11-28 / Community

Weiner Says Concorde Lands In Right Place

By Howard Schwach
Weiner Says Concorde Lands In Right Place By Howard Schwach

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who has long been an opponent of the Concorde supersonic transport plane, issued a gleeful release to the press just as a British Airways version of the aircraft was making its way by barge from John F. Kennedy Airport to Manhattan, where it will become a permanent fixture at the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum.

"The Concorde has finally landed where it belongs," Weiner said in his release. "It belongs in a museum and thankfully, this will have been the quietest trip it ever made."

"Now, the Concorde will take its rightful place next to that other failed flyer, the Dodo Bird," Weiner added. "Only in this case, the extinction has never looked so good."

The Concorde was the bane of the existence of many Rockaway residents, as it boomed across the peninsula four times each day.

The supersonic service, which carried wealthy passengers across the Atlantic in less than three hours, was ended this year by both of the carriers that used the aircraft because it was no longer economically feasible.

Air France flew its last SST flight during the summer, while a British Airways Concorde made the aircraft’s last flight in October.

During the last flight, Weiner and a number of local residents toasted it as it passed over Howard Beach.

It is expected that visitors will be able to tour the Concorde as part of the museum sometime in the spring.

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