Friday, 25 March 2016

The American Concordes That Never Flew

In November 1962, the British and French governments announced a deal that caused great distress in the boardrooms of American planemakers. The two countries announced plans to jointly build a new airliner, one that would be able to fly at more than twice the speed of sound. The aircraft - to be called 'Concorde' - would be the most advanced civilian aircraft in the world.

But America would create its own rivals to the European design, building a giant, passenger-carrying jet capable of flying faster than a rifle bullet. So what happened to the US plans to master supersonic passenger flight?

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