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All about the iconic Concorde


Voted one of the most iconic aircraft in the world, we take a look at the past, present and future of Concorde.

Past

First flown in 1969, Concorde was an engineering breakthrough. A turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner, it could reach speeds over twice the speed of sound and hold between 92 and 128 passengers. One of two supersonic jets to enter commercial service, it flew for 25 years until 2003, ferrying passengers across the Atlantic in half the time of standard aircraft. There were 20 aircraft built, with seven each being delivered to Air France and British Airways. Unfortunately, due to a downtown in the aviation industry, the aircraft’s only crash in 2000, the September 11th terrorist attacks in the US in 2001 and Airbus choosing to discontinue maintenance support, Concorde was retired in 2003.

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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