Originally Posted by MrMD11
Braniff never actually flew the Concorde on any revenue-generating flights. There are images of a Concorde that was painted-up in Braniff colors, but that was only for promotional purposes.
I know that you can find a black-and-white image of a Braniff Concorde in the book 'Splash of Colors' by John J. Nance.
False. They never appeared in BN's colors, but were operated by BN flight crews between DFW and IAD and even carried a US reg for these flights
In 1978, Braniff Chair Harding L. Lawrence would negotiate a unique interchange operation to operate Concorde over American soil. Concorde service began in 1979 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C., with service to Paris and London on interchange flights with Air France and British Airways. Flights between Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington Dulles airports were commanded by Braniff cockpit and cabin crews, while British or French crews would take over for the remaining segment to Europe. Transfer of registration took place in Washington each time Concorde flew into or out of the United States.
Braniff became the registered operator of the planes while on U.S. domestic service, and the planes were physically re-numbered with temporary white adhesive vinyl. Registration was then re-transferred to Air France or British Airways on the trans-Atlantic leg. Over American soil, Concorde was limited to Mach 0.95, though crews often flew just above Mach 1; the planes flew at Mach 2 over open water.
Concorde service proved a loss leader for Braniff. Though Braniff charged only a 10% premium over standard first-class fare to fly Concorde - and later removed the surcharge altogether - the 100-seat plane often flew with no more than 15 passengers. Meanwhile, Boeing 727s flying the same route were filled routinely. Concorde service ended after little more than a year. However, the notoriety that Braniff received from operating Concorde was advertising that could not be readily bought.
Although many postcards show a Braniff painted Concorde, the Braniff livery was never applied to the left side of any Concorde, and the aircraft remained in the colors of British Airways and Air France throughout the operation. Braniff ceased Concorde operations at the end of May, 1980.
and per airchive:
Second, in order to operate a domestic US segment the airplane had to be temporarily registered in the US. Upon landing from Europe the G or F was covered over with tape, and an “N” followed by either “-81” or “—94” replaced the first two letters of the European registration. The last two registration letters were left in place. As a result, G-BOAC would become N-81AC, while F-BVFD would become N-94FD. A total of nine Concordes eventually wound up in the interchange program running for Braniff. None of them was ever repainted in Braniff paint, however.