Concorde quietly heads to Manhattan
The Concorde-laden barge left JFK airport about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A supersonic Concorde jet arrived early Tuesday on the shore of New York Harbor.
Loaded onto a 210-foot barge and traveling a leisurely three knots (3.5 mph), the 204-foot, 88-ton jet was bound for the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, located on the Hudson River shore of Manhattan.
The barge left JFK airport about 6 a.m. Tuesday and was expected to slip out of Brooklyn's Gravesend Bay, beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into New York Harbor, then pass the Statue of Liberty and travel up the Hudson River to the museum.
Once at the museum, the Concorde, on its own barge, will join the 900-foot-long USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler and more than 25 other aircraft at the 21-year-old museum.
British Airways and Air France stopped Concorde transatlantic flights at the end of October because they were not making enough money.
The supersonic airliners struggled to attract passengers following the Air France Concorde crash in Paris, which killed 113 people in July 2000. British Airways, Europe's biggest airline, had seven Concordes and Air France had five.
The Concorde entered service in 1976.