Aviation fans around the world are marking the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden flight.
The first Concorde prototype took off from Toulouse in the south of France on March 2 1969, with test pilot Andre Turcat in the air for 27 minutes.
The first British-built version of the supersonic jet took off from Filton in Bristol on April 9 of the same year.
Concorde was a joint Anglo-French project between BAC, a forerunner of BAE Systems, and Aerospatiale, now a part of Airbus.
The plane had a distinctive nose cone that could be tilted during take-off and landing to give pilots more visibility.
But most impressive of all was its speed, with a cruising velocity of twice the speed of sound, or 1,350mph, allowing it to cover a mile in just 2.75 seconds.
Concorde was retired from service in October 2003, with British Airways and Air France blaming a downturn in passenger numbers and rising maintenance costs.