Concorde

RORY: I’ll … book the Concorde.

The Concorde, a Franco-British supersonic airliner. Its first flight was in 1969, and it began flights between New York and Paris in 1979, taking just three and a half hours to cross the Atlantic, less than half the usual time. The planes were luxurious, and travelled faster than the speed of sound, flying quicker than the Earth’s spin.

On 25 July 2000, a Concorde crashed in France, on its way to New York. Everybody on board was killed, including four people who were on the ground. It was the only fatality Concorde ever had, but it damaged its reputation. Service was suspended until November 2001 while the crash was fully investigated, and the Concorde was retired, its last flight to New York in October 2003. Rory doesn’t have much longer to book that Concorde!

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