The XB-70, one of the world's most exotic airplanes, was conceived for the Strategic Air Command in the 1950s as a high-altitude bomber that could fly three times the speed of sound (Mach 3). Because of fund limitations, only two were built, not as bombers, but as research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects related to large supersonic aircraft.
The legendary supersonic aircraft, Concorde, made its last commercial passenger flight amid emotional scenes at Heathrow airport, on this day 24th October, 2003. Concord was retired after 27 years due to a general downturn in the aviation industry after the 11th September terrorist attacks in 2001 and a decision by Airbus to discontinue maintenance support, British/French
Concorde: 27 Supersonic Years Joint project between France and Britain with a large input from British Aerospace Filton, Bristol site. Now part of Airbus/EADS. It brought a lot of work to Bristol and helped to make Bristol an affluent city. It also brought a lot of pride and it was sad not that a replacement supersonic aircraft was not possible. Sure it will happen one day; it doesn't make sense to turn your back on progress.