Review of Air France flight Dakar Lyon in First

Airline Air France
Flight AF
Class First
Seat 15A
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 20 Apr 76, 14:10
Arrival at 20 Apr 76, 17:40
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By 6483
Published on 11th November 2015
Dear all,

For a while now I wanted to share this inaugural flight in Concorde that my parents enjoyed some decades ago. My relatives gave me details as much as they can so I hope this modest story will constitute a real added value to this community.

My mam' won a ten days trip in Senegal through a game contest including the inbound inaugural flight in Concorde from Dakar to Lyon Satolas (not yet called Saint-Exupéry).

This day, the 20th April 1976, the welcome has been very luxurious kind-hearted by all the airport staff as well as the AF crew. The airport and its tarmac are almost empty;
the Concorde is obviously the only one curiosity.

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The first impressive attraction is the cockpit overview with its large and numerous panels and the four-members crew preparing technically the aircraft for departure.
Then walking towards the seats through a real confined cabin, apparently worst than the existing narrow body aircraft.
A glass of Champagne is served before taking off and a beautiful leather case is handed out.

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Accordingly to my parents’ point of view, the take off is especially impressive due to the power and noise of the engines.
The engagement of the post combustion to reach mach2 is also a notorious moment in such a flight.
According to the picture, the take off took place RWY 36 heading north, offering a view on the sea coast just after leaving the ground at the end of the runway.

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The catering was lavish and served with manners. It was comprised of salmon, caviar and goose liver.
Some delicates sweet cakes are served too.

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As it was an inaugural flight, some journalists in Lyon-Satolas were waiting for this inbound flight
and my parents answered some questions asked by JP Foucault still unknown at that time…

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Hope this report enabled you to get away for a moment.


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