Exceptional sale of CONCORDE collection Parts In Toulouse

The AEROTHEQUE association is organising an exceptional auction sale of Concorde collection parts, on 28, 29, 30 September and 1 October 2007 in Toulouse (France).
All proceeds from this sale will go to AEROSCOPIA, a vast Aeronautical Discovery park which will open in 2010 near Toulouse.

One of the AEROTHEQUE’s missions is to preserve the national aeronautical heritage, from Dewoitine to Airbus. The association notably manages the preservation of spares parts which were intended for Concorde in-service maintenance. Some of these parts, sold by Aerospatiale to the association for one symbolic Euro, have already flown. Around 1000 collection parts will go on sale (835 lots) in September; parts which have an historic and sentimental value, over and above their technological and aesthetic interest. They are part of the European heritage.

The lots include control panel instruments (airspeed indicator, horizontal situation indicator…), cabin furnishings (crew headsets, seat belts…), structural items, etc. Estimates range from 20€ to 2,000€ for the major lots (machmeter, landing gear).

The auction will be held in Toulouse, the place where Concorde took to the skies, in the Halle aux Grains, a prestigious concert hall. The auction will be presided over by Maître Labarbe, a Toulouse auctioneer. The parts will be on view in the Hôtel des Ventes Saint-Aubin from 8 to 27 September 2007. This free exhibition will be open to the general public.

The parts can already be seen in the luxury format catalogue and since mid June on the Internet site of the auction ( Purchase orders, available on the two supports, will enable prospective buyers to place advance purchase options. The catalogue is for sale in Paris, Toulouse, on the Internet site, and can be ordered from the auctioneer (recommended price : 15€).

This exceptional sale offers everyone the possibility of buying a souvenir of the « beautiful white bird » at a very reasonable price.

Source : AIRBUS

Continental Airlines Faces Concorde Crash Probe

CERGY-PONTOISE, France (Reuters) – A French judge placed Continental Airlines under judicial investigation on Thursday for “involuntary homicide and injuries” in the Concorde crash which killed 113 people near Paris in 2000.

A Continental lawyer denied the U.S. airline bore any responsibility. But an official report last December blamed the accident on a metal strip that fell off a Continental Airlines jet, causing a tire on the supersonic airliner to burst.

“The company Continental Airlines has been placed under judicial investigation as a legal entity in a case which will be relatively long,” Continental lawyer Olivier Metzner told reporters at a tribunal in Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris.

“Our defense is that we did not commit any error.”

A judicial investigation is normally a first step toward possible criminal charges under French law. If charges are brought, Continental could face huge claims for damages.

Metzner said “other legal entities” were also likely to be placed under judicial investigation but gave no details.

“In the course of this process, we will do everything, provide all the missing elements of this matter, to show that Continental Airlines is not responsible for the Concorde crash,” Metzner said.

“The American authorities investigated the role of Continental Airlines and concluded that Continental did not commit any errors whatsoever in the case of Concorde’s crash.”


The Air France Concorde crashed in a ball of flames soon after take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, killing all 109 people aboard and four people at a hotel in an outer suburb of Paris on July 25, 2000.

A public prosecutor said in December there was “a direct causal link” between the Concorde hitting a titanium alloy strip that had fallen off a Continental Airlines DC-10 a few minutes earlier and the bursting of one of the jet’s tyres, fragments of which punctured the Concorde’s fuel tanks.

The final report into the crash also highlighted a “serious fault” in the design of the droop-nose jetliner, whose fuel tanks did not have sufficient protection from debris in the event of a burst tyre.

Air France and British Airways took Concorde out of service after civil aviation authorities banned the world’s only civilian supersonic airliner from the skies because of mounting evidence of profound structural errors in the original design.

In 2001 Air France agreed a $120 million compensation package for relatives of those killed in the catastrophe.

By Paul Carrel

Source Reuters via Yahoo