Concorde makes its last commercial flight (2003)

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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October 24, 2003 supersonic passenger jet airliner Concorde made its last ever commercial flight. Three flights landed at London’s Heathrow Airport, arriving from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. It is marked as one of the most iconic moments in the history of aviation.

Concorde’s first prototype was unveiled December 11, 1967 in Toulouse, France. The plane had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound. Concorde entered service in 1976 with seating to 128 passengers. In 2003 The plane was no longer profitable. Also due to the horrific disaster near Charles de Gaulle airport, July 25, 2000. Air France flight 4590, a charter from Paris to New York, ran over debris on the runway. A tyre blew up, a fuel tank was punctured. Concorde crashed into a hotel, two minutes after takeoff. 113 people died.

Controversial decision
After 27 years in service, thousands of onlookers came to New York to experience the iconic plane’s last flight. One hundred celebrities were on board. The decision to permanently retire Concorde was made by British Airways’ chief executive officer Rod Eddington. It is still controversial, but he claimed that it was an old plane, designed in the 50’s and built in the 60’s. ‘It’s a wonderful plane, but it’s time has come.’

360 trivial fact
Musician Phil Collins used Concorde July 13th, 1985, so he was able to sing at the US and UK Live Aid charity concerts on the same day.


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