Concorde passenger flights have been a regular feature of our skies
since 1976 it was not until 1986 that this supersonic aircraft made
its first landing in West Yorkshire and then it was a French plane.
flights on British Concordes started in the following year and since
then 20,000 people have enjoyed the flight of a lifetime from Leeds-Bradford
taking off from Leeds-Bradford Airport
flew to Yorkshire for the last time in June 2000 when it was decided
to discontinue its flights to and from regional airports because
of pressure on Heathrow. Hundreds gathered in Yeadon to watch Concorde
makes its last descent and one of the passengers told the BBC: "There's
only one Concorde!"
out for Concorde
Paris crash in July 2000 in which all 109 people aboard were killed,
followed by 15 months of non-flying, as well as the downturn in
the American economy and the aftermath of September 11th, all contributed
to make the plane uneconomic and the decision was made to take the
supersonic aircraft out of service.
for Concorde's last landing at Yeadon
last scheduled flight takes place on Friday afternoon (October 24th)
when the aircraft will touch down in front of watching crowds at
Heathrow Airport having taken off in the morning from New York.
is still possible that in the future we might look up and see the
unmistakeable shape of Concorde in the sky - British Airways has
not ruled out the possibility of keeping one of the aircraft for
fly-pasts and air shows.
100-passenger Concorde cruises at more than twice the speed
of sound at around 1,350mph and flies as high as 60,000
conventional aircraft take more than seven hours to cross
from London to New York, Concorde can complete the transatlantic
journey in less than three and a half hours.
and France started working separately towards a supersonic
aircraft as far back as 1956 and decided to develop one
jointly in 1962.
partnership between British Aircraft Corporation (now Airbus
UK) and Aerospatiale (now EADS) led to 20 Concordes, including
14 for commercial use,
first commercial passenger flights were on January 21, 1976
and the first transatlantic flight to Washington DC followed
on May 24,
1976, with New York services beginning in 1977.
Airways' seven Concordes have operated nearly 50,000 flights,
clocking up more than 140,000 flying hours and travelling
some 140 million miles.