Concorde is a supersonic passenger airplane which operated from 1976 to 2003. It was capable of flying at over twice the speed of sound (over 2,100kph). Concorde had seating for 100 passengers and could cross the Atlantic in less than half the time of other aircraft.
Concorde was jointly developed and built by aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France. The two countries signed a treaty establishing the project on November 29th 1962. The first development Concorde was unveiled in Toulouse on December 11th 1967. The airliner made its ‘faultless’ maiden flight from Toulouse on March 2nd 1969. Nineteen other Concorde were built.
Air France, and British Airways purchased the Concorde aircraft. Because of the sonic boom supersonic flight was limited to ocean crossing. Commercial flights began from London and Paris in 1976 and continued for 27 years. The aircraft was retired in 2003.
Concorde, a supersonic passenger aircraft, made history flying from Washington to Paris in a record 3hrs 32 min in the year 1973 On This Day.