Concorde was a passenger airplane that flew faster than the speed of sound. It was made by the French company Aérospatiale and the British company British Aircraft Corporation. Concorde carried passengers from 1976 to 2003.
|A British Airways Concorde at Heathrow airport in London|
|Manufacturer||BAC (now BAE Systems) |
Sud-Aviation, Aérospatiale (now EADS)
|First flight||2 March 1969|
|Introduction||21 January 1976|
|Retired||26 November 2003|
|Status||Retired from service|
|Primary users||British Airways|
|Number built||20 (including 6 non-airline aircraft)|
|Program cost||£1.3 billion|
£23 million in 1977
Concorde flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a little less than 3.5 hours. Other airplanes take about eight hours.
The first scheduled flights were on 21 January 1976. Concorde flew between several different cities in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Some people did not like the sonic booms caused by Concorde flying faster than the speed of sound. At different times, Concorde was not allowed to fly over certain countries because of this.
- Towey, Barrie (ed.). Jet Airliners of the World 1949-2007. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd, 2007. p. 359. ISBN 0-85130-348-X.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- "Ageing luxury jet". BBC News, 25 July 2000. 25 July 2000.
- Marston, Paul (16 August 2000). "Is this the end of the Concorde dream?". London: The Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2000.