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In pictures: Farewell to Concorde
Concorde assembly line at Fulton, 1971
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Concorde started life on huge assembly lines at Filton, near Bristol, and Toulouse in France. Only 20 aircraft were ever built.
British-built Concorde comes lands at Fairford, Gloucestershire, after its inaugural flight.
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The first British Concorde - numbered 002 - took to the air on 9 April 1969, a month after its French counterpart.
One of the first passenger flights, before commercial services began, in 1975.
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Concorde's narrow cabin was to prove its downfall. With space for just 100 passengers, the economics did not make sense for airlines in the 1970s and beyond.
BA Concorde with Singapore Airlines livery down one side in 1977.
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Although no airlines outside the UK and France ever bought Concorde - despite initial interest from many - for a short time in the late 1970s Singapore Airlines operated a joint service with BA.
The Queen on board Concorde on her return from a Silver Jubilee tour of Canada and the West Indies.
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Concorde's speed and expense quickly linked it in the public imagination to national leaders, top executives, rock and film stars - and royalty. Pictured is the Queen on board in 1977.
Castro on board Concorde at Havana, Cuba, in December 1997.
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Even Cuba's communist leader Castro was not immune to Concorde's allure - here admiring the view from the cockpit in 1997.
Air France Concorde on fire as it takes off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 25 July 2000.
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The beginning of the end for Concorde came at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 25 July 2000. The crash killed 113 people.
Main section of former Air France Concorde on pontoon near Iffezheim, southern Germany, on 19 July 2003 .
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Retirement means most Concordes will end up in museums. This Air France Concorde took a novel route to get to its new home in southern Germany.
A BA Concorde takes off from New York's JFK airport, bound for London Heathrow, on 26 July 2000.
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Admired by many, flown on by some, loathed by a few - Concorde's place in aviation history is assured.




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