Lead:  For twenty-seven years after 1976, the sleek, elegant Concorde, history’s fastest commercial airliner, carried transatlantic passengers in comfort and luxury seeking a market that never materialized.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the early 1960s aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France, encouraged by their governments, began developing a supersonic passenger plane. Based on mid-century technology, the graceful Concorde, with its delta wing shape and unique movable nose, made its maiden transatlantic voyage in 1969 and entered regular commercial service in 1976 as a part of British Airways and Air France. Flights between London and Paris, New York and Washington became the most common of Concorde’s routes although the bird was taken on occasional flights to South America and East Asia. Fourteen Concorde airliners were built and flown between 1976 and 2003.

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