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A British Airways Concorde at Heathrow airport in London
Role Supersonic airliner
Manufacturer BAC (now BAE Systems)
Sud-Aviation, Aérospatiale (now EADS)
First flight 2 March 1969
Introduction 21 January 1976
Retired 26 November 2003
Status Retired from service
Primary users British Airways
Air France
Number built 20 (including 6 non-airline aircraft)[1][2]
Program cost £1.3 billion[3]
Unit cost £23 million in 1977

Concorde was a passenger airplane that flew faster than the speed of sound. It was made by the French company Aérospatiale and the British company British Aircraft Corporation. Concorde carried passengers from 1976 to 2003.

Concorde flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a little less than 3.5 hours. Other airplanes take about eight hours.

The first scheduled flights were on 21 January 1976. Concorde flew between several different cities in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Some people did not like the sonic booms caused by Concorde flying faster than the speed of sound. At different times, Concorde was not allowed to fly over certain countries because of this.



  1. Towey, Barrie (ed.). Jet Airliners of the World 1949-2007. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd, 2007. p. 359. ISBN 0-85130-348-X . 
  2. "Ageing luxury jet". BBC News. 25 July 2000. 
  3. Marston, Paul (16 August 2000). "Is this the end of the Concorde dream?". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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