Today, Concorde is no stranger to the Seattle area — there is a British Airways Concorde sitting just south of Seattle at the Museum of Fight. But back in 1984, a Concorde had not yet visited Seattle. That all changed near the end of the year.
According to HistoryLink.org, on November 15, 1984, Concorde made its first trip to Seattle and it was for a special event.
It landed at Boeing Field (BFI) first to prepare for a special fundraising flight for the Museum of Flight. The plane arrived with a load of recently bottled Beaujolais nouveau wine and Seattle restaurant owner Mick McHugh along with a few guests. The wine was specially brought to Seattle as quickly as possible to be enjoyed, and what better way than via a Concorde?!
Two days later, the plane took off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on a “Flight to Nowhere.” During the flight, the VIP passengers went about 2,000 miles off the Pacific coast and reached Mach 2 twice, while cruising at 50,000 feet.
The first photo in the story was captured with the plane, in classic British Airways livery, taking off at SEA, with a Horizon Air Metroliner III looking on. History rocks!