Concorde was the world’s most iconic airliner and one of the most technically ambitious projects in aviation history.

Billions were spent on its development over a span of more than a decade. When the Concorde program was launched, it was to be the next giant leap forward in air travel. Many believed that mass supersonic commercial air travel would be commonplace by the end of the 1970s.

Concorde earned a legacy as an engineering marvel and symbol of pride for the British and French until it’s retirement in 2003.