A Tribute to an Icon and Brief Concorde History

Have you ever dreamt of flying mach 2 on the edge of the stratosphere from New York to London in around 3 hours?

With the possible return of Concorde in 2019, you may yet get the chance. 12 years after the last commercial flight, there is increasing talk of a resurrection.  I cannot wait!  I’ve always wanted to fly Concorde and was so disappointed on missing last time. I’m determined not to let that happen again 🙂

Here’s our tribute to this icon of aviation, and a brief Concorde history of the supersonic jet. May she fly again.

Concorde History

A Brief History of Concorde

Concorde was a collaboration between Aérospatiale and BAC –  British Aircraft Corporation, under a special Anglo French treaty.

Concorde could only carry somewhere between 92 and 128 passengers, but normally had seating for 100 passengers and 9 crew.


There were only 20 Concorde aircraft ever built, at a huge cost.  Six of these built were prototypes. British Airways and Air France bought the remaining 14, 7 each. The purchase was heavily subsidised by both the British and French governments.

Concorde’s very first flight was in 1969 and regular test flights began in Britain in December 1971. Commercial flights began in 1976 and ended in 2003.

Concorde History

There were regular transatlantic flights between Heathrow (British Airways) and Charles de Gaulle (Air France) to JFK (New York), flying at record speed levels, with maximum speed being twice the speed of sound, reducing flight time by half.  Three hours between London Heathrow and New York JFK.

There were also also flights to Washington Dulles International airport and Barbados.

Concorde had a droopy nose, that could drop down for taxiing, take off and landing, so as to allow the pilots to see the runway, and be raised up during flight to make the supersonic jet more streamlined and reduce drag.

With a downturn in the aviation industry in the late 90s early 2000s, the crash of a Concorde flight in France in July 2000, killing 113 people, and the 9/11 attacks, Concorde flew it’s last commercial flight in 2003.

Concorde History

Concorde Past Accident History

More Indepth History of Concorde

Did you know Concorde was not the first commercial supersonic transport aircraft?

British Airways History of and Tribute to Concorde

What was it like to fly on Concorde?

For even more in-depth info on the history of Concorde, watch the following youtube video

Our Tribute to an Icon and Brief Concorde History

by David John cover image via 

This concludes our Tribute to an Icon and Brief Concorde History. We hope you find this information useful. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, please do comment below as we may have just forgotten to mention it.

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  1. travel Chris Boughton
    September 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Thanks again David, I never tire of the interesting, informative and unusual topics you manage to dig up and share with us, often with great pictures as well. Keep posting and we’ll continue to remain well informed on a diverse range of topics.

    • September 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Hey chris,

      Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts. I hope all is well with you. Hey Andrew and I met up with your cousin Rachel the other day, she’s having a great time on her travels. 🙂

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