When it was built, Concorde changed the face of aviation forever. No longer would passengers have to travel slowly – you could be in New York in around three hours, travelling faster than the speed of sound, and in perfect comfort.
On November 29, 1952, all that became possible when an agreement was signed in London between the UK and France.
the Concorde fleet was, at its height, 18 Supersonic aeroplanes. flown by Air France and British Airways. first commercial flights were, I think in 1976. the fleet was decommissioned in 2003, after a crash in Paris added to the commercial viability problems following 9/11/2001 reduced passengers on all trans Atlantic flights dramatically. However there are still 8n aircraft still in first class condition around the world, and we have one here in Manchester. I took a tour around the plane on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. for me it was nostalgia, as I flew Concorde in 1978 to and from Bahrain, and in the 90’s to and from New York, both Air France from Paris and B.A. from London. seeing those airspeed signs going up to and passing Mach2 was indeed a special feeling. travelling at twice the speed of sound, faster than a bullet was quite amazing, as not a tremor or shake to advise you of the speed, just the read- out at the cabin front. I remember the captain announcing that ” there are other planes that fly at this speed, but the R.A.F. don’t serve caviar and champagne at 1,350 miles an hour ! enjoy! ”
But, back to Manchester, I have a ttached a couple of photos showing the millions of dials the pilots had to contend with.