Speed: Mach 2 (2,200 km/h)
Alongside its Russian cousin, the Tupolev Tu-144, it was the only passenger transport aircraft to break the sound barrier.
Its aerodynamic profile gave it a very graceful silhouette. The long and pointed nose, which changed position according to its phases of flight, made every take-off and landing a truly special moment, as if we were watching a giant bird take flight from the runway.
The first prototype, Concorde 001, was assembled in Toulouse in April 1966 and the maiden test flight of Concorde took place on 2nd March 1969 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
This airplane was a real feat of engineering. It was the very first civil aircraft to boast entirely electronic controls. During supersonic flight, the friction produced by the wind against the craft’s metallic exterior produced so much heat that the fuselage would extend by more than 20 centimetres!
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