1 of 9 Concorde started life on huge assembly lines at Filton, near Bristol, and Toulouse in France. Only 20 aircraft were ever built.
2 of 9 The first British Concorde - numbered 002 - took to the air on 9 April 1969, a month after its French counterpart.
3 of 9 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.
4 of 9 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.
5 of 9 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.
6 of 9 Even Cuba's communist leader Castro was not immune to Concorde's allure - here admiring the view from the cockpit in 1997.
7 of 9 The beginning of the end for Concorde came at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 25 July 2000. The crash killed 113 people.
8 of 9 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.
9 of 9 Admired by many, flown on by some, loathed by a few - Concorde's place in aviation history is assured.