Washington Dulles Airport: Exterior airside view (1976)


A legendary staredown! This image was taken on May 24th, 1976, when both Air France and British Airways began thrice-weekly service to Washington Dulles.

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Washington’s vast Dulles Airport, opened in 1962, predates the SST. However, due to its then-remote location in the Virginia countryside, it was perfectly suited to host Concorde. The Virginia Senate was the first to clear Concorde flights on January 29th, 1976 and on May 24th, 1976, Air France and British Airways simultaneously began thrice-weekly service to Washington Dulles from their respective home bases.

​Logically speaking, supersonic air service between the main political power centers of the late 20th century—Washington, London and Paris— made sense. However, the routes did not prove to be viable in the long run. Air France cancelled its Washington service in October 1982, while British Airways discontinued the service in November 1994.

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