What is a Concorde?

The Concorde was the world’s first supersonic commercial passenger aircraft. Reflecting the treaty between the British and French governments that led to Concorde's construction, the name Concorde is from the French word concorde, which has an English equivalent, concord. Both words mean agreement, harmony or union.

It was developed jointly by Britain and France during the 1960s and 1970, and could fly at a speed twice the speed of sound. It could fly high through the atmosphere on the edge of space at an altitude of 18 km. The passengers did not feel any sensation of speed inside the aircraft. The Concorde could fly over great distances without requiring in-flight refueling. But it was economically unviable, and Concorde flights were stopped on 24th October 2003.