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Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour

In the 1980s René was one of the most frequent flyers on the Concorde, making him the perfect person to present the history of this marvel of technology from a personal point of view.

Concorde’s life, including its development, spanned half a century. Its leap forward in technological advancement has been unrivaled, and the French and British joint development led to a new era of cooperation between the two countries. The ambitious initial plan was to build 350 aircraft.

Before Concorde’s first flight, it faced many obstacles, such as sound pollution, safety issues, and high costs of development and operation. However, after overcoming many of these hurdles, Air France and British Airways were the only airlines that flew Concorde planes. Due to high cost of operation, of the 350 a mere 20 planes were ever built with only 14 going into service.

The audience will be given an in-depth feel for what travel on Concorde was like and meet some of its famous passengers.

A fatal accident in 2000, followed by the tragic events of 9/11, precipitated Concorde’s decline in popularity and led to the technological marvel’s eventual retirement of this still unsurpassed supersonic plane.