The Introduction of Concorde
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On the 21st of January, 1976, the iconic and possibly one of the biggest technological leaps in civilian air transport, the Concorde, started scheduled flights with British Airways and Air France on London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes respectively. The Concorde was a British-French, quad engine, supersonic passenger airliner. It could reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.04, more than twice the speed of sound. It began a new era and frontier in human progress in aviation. After entering service in 1976, it continued to fly for the next 27 years.
Concorde flew regular flights in record times and was truly a wonder to see. 7 were operated by the British Airways and 7 by Air France. After making a legacy, it still was unfortunately hard to sustain commercially, and in 2003, was retired due to a multitude of reasons, including an Air France Concorde crash and the post 9/11 decline in commercial aviation.
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