Concorde: The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner by Jonathan Glancey

By Jonathan Glancey

In Concorde, Jonathan Glancey tells the tale of this fabulous and highly well known airplane anew, taking the reader from the instant Captain Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947 via to the final advertisement flight of the supersonic airliner in 2003. it's a story of nationwide rivalries, technological leaps, bold prototypes, tightrope politics, and a dream of a Dan Dare destiny by no means really realized.

Jonathan Glancey strains the advance of Concorde not only via latest fabric and data, yet via interviews with those that lived with the supersonic venture from its inception. the result's a compelling mixture of overt technological optimism, a trust that Britain and France have been significant avid gamers on the planet of civil in addition to army aviation, and religion in an ever quicker, ever extra subtle future.

This is a party, in addition to a completely researched heritage, of a really incredible desktop that grew to become a sky god of its period.

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