1969 – Concorde makes its first trial flight

Concorde was the first supersonic aircraft designed expressly for passenger services (as opposed to military use).  Its design process was lengthy and filled with pitfalls, and in the end, only 20 of the aircraft were built.  This represented a substantial financial loss, particularly for the British and French governments, which had underwritten much of the design and development of Concorde.

The Concorde was faster than nearly any other passenger aircraft, and in its several decade service history, only one incident occurred which led to loss of life.  However, the aging of the planes, their general lack of modern comfort features and changing attitudes to passenger aircraft in the wake of the 9/11 attacks led to the withdrawal from service of Concorde, with the last passenger flights taking place in 2003.

Referenced in:
Concorde – Carmina