Braniff did some crazy stuff at the end of the 70s. Harding Lawrence was convinced that deregulation would be a disaster and end up with a return to regulation (as it had in the 1930s) so he went all out for market share, attempting to grab as much as he could before the window closed. This crazy expansion would be the end of Braniff, but the craziest thing they ever did was start Concorde operations on transcontinental routes across the USA.
Its a magnificent story and is told really well here: CONCORDE SST : Braniff Concorde Services
None of the nine concordes Braniff owned (they were transferred to BN ownership for the Braniff portion of the flights) ever operated in their colours however as you can see in the article there were several official artist renderings of how the SST would have looked. It is this scheme which adorns one side of the Black Box (Gemini) version that was made in 2003. It looks great and its a shame that it was never a reality. However like my Pan Am Concorde it has a shade of reality associated with it that doesn't make it a pure fantasy model.
The real Braniff Concorde ops were sadly a financial disaster and were another nail in the coffin of the great airline.
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