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Concorde enabled passenger air travel faster than the speed of sound.The story of the renowned jet starts with the race to break the sound barrier in the 1940s and continues with the Anglo-French alliance in the 1960s to develop luxury supersonic air travel. The first UK-built Concorde flew from Filton, near Bristol, to Bahrain in 1969, entering regular service with Air France and British Airways in 1976 for flights to New York and Washington DC. The cost of the aircraft was such that only twenty were built, with only 12 going into regular service. Parts of the engines and nose cone were made in Scotland. After an air crash at Paris in 2000, economic factors led to Concorde's retirement in 2003 when the Concorde G-BOAA, which was the first British Concorde in scheduled service in January 1976, made its final journey to the National Museum of Flight, where it is now on display.

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