Concorde G-BOAA Discover how Scotland's Concorde journeyed from Heathrow to the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Alpha-Alpha's Final Journey to East Fortune The British Airways Concorde fleet retired in October 2003. The following year, G-BOAA said farewell to Heathrow and took to the water on the first step of a seaborne journey to Scotland. Concorde was loaded on to a specialist barge at the tiny Thames port of Isleworth. It was moved on a transporter at walking pace on a Saturday night along the main A30 and A4 from Heathrow to Isleworth. It travelled down the Thames from Isleworth on the Terra Marique, a multipurpose pontoon and sailed up the east coast. It arrived on Scottish soil a day early on the following Saturday and rolled ashore at the British Energy jetty at Torness, East Lothian. Concorde's week-long journey from London ended in an hour-long trundle across muddy fields to East Fortune. It was guided by members of 39 Engineer Regiment's 53 Field Squadron (Air Support), with a helicopter hovering overhead, to a greeting by two pipers. At the time, Concorde's journey north was thought to have been one of the most complex of any transport venture undertaken. See the some of the action on Concorde's epic journey to East Fortune in the slideshow below. Epic journey slideshow How many years was Concorde in service? For almost 30 years it was possible to buy a ticket and fly at supersonic speeds across the globe. Now Concorde, the world’s only successful supersonic passenger plane, has been retired and you can follow in the footsteps of the world’s rich and famous by visiting Scotland’s Concorde, Alpha Alpha, on the ground at the National Museum of Flight. What made a journey on Concorde so special? Flying faster than the speed of sound, it was possible to catch up on yourself. You could fly from London after breakfast and arrive in New York well before breakfast – the same day! Between 1976 and 2003 British Airways' Concordes operated close to 50,000 flights, clocked up more than 140,000 flying hours and travelled some 140 million miles. At the same time, over 1 million bottles of champagne were consumed! Related pages Concorde pilot Tony Yule's blog post Supersonic Story Concorde Gallery Concorde Experience How to find us Things to see and do Concorde gifts Concorde on Flickr Flickr images Related links British Airways 360° tour of cockpit Beneath Alpha Alpha at East Fortune. Concorde fact file How many were built? Only 20 Concordes were built. Fuel usage: Concorde guzzled a staggering 25,629 litres of fuel per hour. Champagne please? Over 1 million bottles have been consumed on Concorde passenger flights. Passenger numbers: More than 2.5 million passengers have flown supersonically on Concorde since 1976. How much was a ticket? The standard return fare from London to New York in 2003 was £6,636.