On March 2nd 1969, 50 years ago, the first prototype of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, a supersonic transport aircraft produced by the English-speaking consortium formed by British Aerospace and Aerospatiale, stood out. 

The aircraft officially entered service on the 21st of March 1976, and its use was permanently discontinued on the 24th of October 2003, also due to the disastrous accident that took place on the 25th of July 2000 in Paris, combined with gigantic maintenance costs.

Concorde
Image: BBC

When the project started in the 1950s, from Russia to the United States via France and Great Britain, everyone believed in the future of long-range travel thanks to supersonic flights. Over the years, hopes were disregarded by objective impediments, but in the collective imagination the Concorde continued to represent the legend of the plane that arrived before leaving.

And it was true: if today it takes about seven hours to cover the London-New York stretch, with the Concorde it took just over 3 (the record, two hours and fifty-eight minutes, was established on the 1st of January 1983).

Will we ever seen anything like it again?