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The Concorde – an International Icon – Turns 40

March 6, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Europe,Travel Tips

Alas, this beautiful plane is no longer in the air – its last flight was back in 2003 – but it will never be forgotten.

I was reminded of this by a beautiful photo essay in Time magazine – which was brought to my attention by a colleague from the UK, who has fond memories of this big silver bird:

“In late 90′s, I used to hear and see it take off from Heathrow twice a day from my office. It was so loud you could hear it inside the building even with triple glazed windows. Meetings would pause. It also used to set off all the car alarms in a wave. Everyone always used to look in awe. This was our ‘putting a man on the moon’.” -Dan Dunleavy, FareCompare consultant

The plane first took to the air on March 2, 1969. London to New York was a mere 3-and-a-half-hour flight. By 2000, the cost of a roundtrip ticket was $8,148. I think it was worth it. I’m only sorry I was never a passenger.

But, at least we can still see the Concorde in a museum. And, on video.

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