Concorde

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Concorde
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Type Supersonic airliner
National Origin France and the United Kingdom
Unit cost £23 million
Variants none
Manufacturer BAC and Sud Aviation
First flight 2 March 1969
Introduced 21 January 1976
Status retired
Launch customer British Airways and Air France
Primary users British Airways and Air France
Produced 1965–1979
Number built 20


The Concorde was a supersonic commercial airline jet. It flew at top speeds of 1330 mph, or 1 mile every 3 seconds, or Mach 2 - twice the speed of sound. The last Concorde flight was made on November 26, 2003 from London to Bristol, UK where that particular aircraft was built. It finished commercial operations a month earlier with a final flight from New York to London on 24 October 2003.

The plane was named Concorde (French for "concord," which means agreement or harmony) because it was developed as a cooperative project between the United Kingdom and France, specifically between the British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE) and Aerospatiale (now EADS).