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Saturday, 22 November 2008

First Scheduled Concorde Flight

Today, in 1977, the first scheduled service from Paris to New York using the supersonic passenger jet, Concorde, took flight. Although services to Washington had taken place since 1976, but it had been banned from landing at JFK due to noise pollution. Concorde cruised at around 1350mph - more than twice the speed of sound - and at an altitude of up to 60,000 ft (over 11 miles high). A typical London to New York crossing would take a little less than three and a half hours as opposed to about eight hours for a subsonic flight. Travelling Westwards, the five-hour time difference meant Concorde effectively arrived before she left. She travels "faster than the sun". It made it's last commercial flight to New York in October 2003.

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