Concorde was the epitome of elegance, speed and glamour, linking London and New York in little over three hours. The first supersonic passenger-carrying commercial airplane built jointly by aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France made its first transatlantic crossing in 1973, and it inaugurated the world’s first scheduled supersonic passenger service in 1976. The British-French airliner was in a class of its own, a technical masterpiece, yet the development costs of the Concorde were so great that they could never be recovered from operations, and the aircraft was never financially profitable. In 2000 tragedy struck which meant the end of supersonic flight. A look back at the birth and demise of the king of the skies.