Sixteen members of the crew were lost. InThomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his incandescent lamp -- in Menlo Park, N. UPI File Photo.
It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2. First flown inConcorde entered service in and continued flying for the next 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially; the other is the Soviet-built Tupolev Tuwhich operated in the late s.
The Concorde airliner that crashed yesterday was one of 13 Anglo-French supersonic jets in service around the world, seven operated by British Airways and six by Air France. The Concorde, the world's first supersonic airliner, went into commercial operation in Januaryseven years after the first successful flight of a prototype. The British Airways spokesman, Commander Brian Walpole, said Concorde was "traditionally a safe plane to fly, though we all know that takeoff and landing are the most sensitive moments".
It resembles a giant white dart, as futuristic an object as anything humanity has made in the s. The aircraft is super streamlined to be able to fly at the speed of a rifle bullet — once thought too fast for a passenger-carrying aircraft. The distinctive, needle-nosed front of the aircraft looks like the business end of something rocket-powered from a Flash Gordon serial; when the aircraft approaches the runway, the whole nose is designed to slide down, giving the pilots a better view of the ground.
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A supersonic transport SST is a civilian supersonic aircraft designed to transport passengers at speeds greater than the speed of sound. Concorde's last commercial flight was in Octoberwith a November 26, ferry flight being its last airborne operation. Following the permanent cessation of flying by Concorde, there are no remaining SSTs in commercial service.
In15 years after U. The next year, President John F. Kennedy proposed a similar U. There were immense technical challenges in building a supersonic airliner.
The ft 52m long delta-wing Overture will have a wingspan of 60 ft 18m and seat 55 passengers. Boom plans for Overture to enter service in the mids. Some 30 Overture aircraft have been pre-ordered by customers including Virgin Group and Japan Airlines.