NYC Concorde Ready for Boarding

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When the supersonic Concorde fleet was retired last year, one of the glamorous birds came to rest on a barge outside the Intrepid Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River, on Manhattan's West Side. Last weekend, the airplane opened to the public, and unlike at most aviation museums, visitors are invited not only to gaze upon the airplane from a distance, but also to walk right on board and get a close-up view of the cabin and cockpit. A timed "boarding pass" must be picked up on arrival at the museum. The tours are limited to 1,500 people per day -- so get there early; it's been sold out every day so far. Seattle's Museum of Flight also offers on-board tours of its Concorde, but the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, in Virginia, does not. "However, we are exploring that very possibility for the future," NASM spokesman Peter Golkin told AVweb yesterday.