Although the first flights took place in 1969, it would be seven years before commercial flights began. The first passengers of the supersonic flew from Paris on January 21, 1976 to Rio de Janeiro.
During its three decades of service, the “great bird” breaks the sound barrier. It reached a speed such that the plane was faster than the rotation of the Earth.
Flying on average at 2100 km/h, the Concorde could complete the transatlantic flight between Paris and New York in three and a half hours.
The world's fastest commercial plane is certainly a huge technological success, but it is a real commercial failure, for many reasons.< /p>
We particularly deplore the noise pollution caused by the plane's engines. So much so that New York airport banned the Concorde from landing for a while.
The high cost of oil also leads to a staggering rise in ticket prices. In 2000, the ticket sold for almost $11,000 per person.
Then tragedy struck.
On July 25, 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed during takeoff. The accident resulted in the death of 109 passengers and crew members, as well as four people on the ground.
The plane, which was flying between Paris and New York, caught fire a few seconds after taking off and crashed a few meters further, in a field.< /p>
This is the first and only tragedy of the supersonic since its creation.
At Téléjournalof July 25, 2000, in reporting the disastrous event, journalist Hugues Poulin already mentioned the early retirement of the old supersonic following this incident.