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British Airways CONCORDE

The British Airways Concorde, powered by 4 Rolls-Royce SNECMA Olympus 593 turbojets, produced by British Aircraft Corporation and Aerospatiale France.

With the SS France being taken out of service, QE2 was alone on the Atlantic. In October of 1977, QE2 was paired with Concorde for a series of Fly-Cruises. Take QE2 first class one-way, then Concorde, the ultimate in air travel, the other. In August of 1978, QE2 had recorded Concorde's supersonic bangs off the Grand Banks. QE2's captain called the Captain of Concorde 55,000 feet above, played them back for him, and they talked for about 10 minutes. Truly a display of QE2's ultra modern communications capabilites, for the late 1970's. During the conversation, Concorde travelled 220 miles while QE2 achieved 20 knots in a not to calm sea. The conversation with Concorde was relayed to QE2's passengers on her public address system.

Concorde is a truly unique way to travel, and unfortunately, in 2003, she made her last flight. I was fortunate, in that I had the opportunity to fly her in the early 80's. She truly deserves to be mentioned with Cunard's Queen liners. QE2 and Concorde are a testament that no one knows travel like the British. Please be sure to visit the most comprehensive site on the web regarding SST: Concorde - Celebrating Aviation.

The Machmeter - an instrument unique to Concorde - located at the front of the cabin, shows passengers when they reach the speed of sound (Mach 1) and twice the speed of sound (Mach 2).