The Concorde 10 Years After the Future Ended
The nose of an Air France Concorde. freefotouk / Flickr
Could a more ambitious airline without the history associated with the Concorde’s accident bring back super sonic travel? We’re looking at you, Asian and Gulf carriers.
Concorde made its last commercial flight from New York to London 10 years ago today. The Telegraph looks back at the history of the supersonic airliner, the Paris crash in 2000, and how it was able to cross the Atlantic in three hours.
Concorde captured the imagination of aviation enthusiasts and passengers across the world, even if it never lived up to its original commercial promise.
Its first commercial flight was from London to Bahrain in 1976, but by the time it was withdrawn from service in October 2003, it had been scaled down to flying solely between New York, London and Paris.
For decades the supersonic airliner – which travelled at a cruising speed of 1,350 mph, more than twice the speed of sound and double the speed of a standard subsonic airliner – carried those who could afford a ticket between New York and London in three hours.
Details of the Crash
But after a crash just after take-off in Paris in July 2000, in which all 109 people on board and four people on the ground were killed, its reputation never fully recovered.
There have been fleeting attempts to revive the astonishing airliner, largely by Virgin boss Richard Branson, but they have not come to fruition.
We look back at the history of Concorde and what made it such a revolutionary aircraft.
• Eurofighter range is insufficient so cannot complete journey. But calculated approximately allowing 30 minutes lost in refueling time (in part from have to travel at a slower speed), with air-to-air refueling every 2,000 miles (maximum range is 2,350 miles). Also allowed a total of 15 minutes for take-off and landing.
† Approximation – Distance between two places divided by cruise speed, allowing a total of 30 minutes for take-off and landing.