A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

The Air France Concorde supersonic airliner touches down June 14, 1974, at Miami International Airport in Miami, Fla. The flight from Boston’s Logan Airport took about 80 minutes. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago on March 2, 1969. Although the plane went out of service in 2003, its delta-wing design and drooping nose still make it instantly recognizable.
Two test pilots who will fly the Concorde, British pilot Brian Trubshaw, left, and Andre Turcat of France, stand Dec. 11, 1967, in front of the prototype of the jet during its roll out ceremony in Toulouse, France.
Members of the French army band, front, and Royal air Force Band stand Dec. 11, 1967, in front of the British-French supersonic airliner Concorde during its official presentation in Toulouse, France. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago on March 2, 1969.
The British-French supersonic airliner Concorde prototype OOI makes its first formal taxiing trial Aug. 21, 1968. The trial included a test of the jet’s hydraulic and braking systems. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago, March 2, 1969.
The British-French supersonic airliner Concorde prototype 001 lands March 2, 1969, after completing its maiden flight, with a break parachute streaming from the back, at the Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France.

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

The Air France Concorde supersonic airliner touches down June 14, 1974, at Miami International Airport in Miami, Fla. The flight from Boston’s Logan Airport took about 80 minutes. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago on March 2, 1969. Although the plane went out of service in 2003, its delta-wing design and drooping nose still make it instantly recognizable.
Two test pilots who will fly the Concorde, British pilot Brian Trubshaw, left, and Andre Turcat of France, stand Dec. 11, 1967, in front of the prototype of the jet during its roll out ceremony in Toulouse, France.
Members of the French army band, front, and Royal air Force Band stand Dec. 11, 1967, in front of the British-French supersonic airliner Concorde during its official presentation in Toulouse, France. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago on March 2, 1969.
The British-French supersonic airliner Concorde prototype OOI makes its first formal taxiing trial Aug. 21, 1968. The trial included a test of the jet’s hydraulic and braking systems. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago, March 2, 1969.
The British-French supersonic airliner Concorde prototype 001 lands March 2, 1969, after completing its maiden flight, with a break parachute streaming from the back, at the Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France.

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

Geoffroy de Courcel, left, the French ambassador in London, and Julian Amery, the British minister of aviation, look at a model of a proposed supersonic airliner Nov. 29, 1962, at Lancaster House, London, where they signed an Anglo-French agreement for the joint development of a supersonic passenger airplane.

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

A full scale mock-up of the British-French supersonic airliner Concorde at the British Aircraft Corporation factory in 1967 at Filton, Bristol, England. The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago on March 2, 1969.