NEW YORK (WABC) -- The British Airways Concorde, one of the fastest commercial aircraft in the world, was temporarily removed from the Intrepid Museum for restoration on Wednesday.
The supersonic jet was removed from the Intrepid Sea and Space Museum by crane and placed on a barge to be relocated to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The restoration process includes sanding and stripping the plane down to bare metal and is expected to take about three months.
The British Airways Concorde has been a staple to the Intrepid Museum since its arrival to Pier 86 in 2003.
Along with the Concorde restoration, the museum will also renovate a section of Pier 86 adjacent to where the jet sits, which will create an additional 4,000 square feet of parkland for public use.
"We are stewards of some of the most important artifacts of the 20th and 21st centuries, and with that comes the responsibility to preserve, protect and perpetuate these icons for generations to come," said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Museum. "Knowing how popular it is with our visitors, it's difficult to see Concorde depart even for a short time. But this necessary restoration will ultimately allow us to present this awe-inspiring technological marvel and continue to tell the stories behind it for the foreseeable future."
Tours of the supersonic jet are temporarily suspended and will resume when Concorde returns.
The Concorde will remain at the Navy Yard until the pier renovations are completed in the spring of 2024.
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