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Rare footage shows what it was like to be inside Concorde as it broke the sound barrier

It looks surprisingly... 'normal'.
  • Concorde was one of the most technically advanced aircraft ever built, but the cabin looked surprisingly normal
  • Space was tight inside Concorde, and it only had about 100 seats
  • Rare footage shows just how ‘normal’ it felt inside, despite the amazing speeds it could reach

Published on Feb 23, 2024 at 1:24PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 23, 2024 at 8:46PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray

Concorde represented one of the biggest technical advancements in the history of passenger planes.

And yet, as you can see from the rare clip below, the cabin looked surprisingly ‘normal’.

READ MORE: Airbus developing supersonic plane so fast you’ll blink and your journey is over

It’s been just over 20 years since the last Concorde flight, but excitement is building again because it looks like we’re going to be able to fly supersonic again in the future.

Several private companies are working on supersonic aircraft and even NASA is having a go.

Making a jet fly supersonic isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but there are a couple of issues that need addressing.

For starters, all supersonic aircraft available today are made for armed forces.

So that means that, when it comes to building those, comfort isn’t a priority and money is no object.

This, however, is obviously not the case when it comes to passenger aircraft.

Tickets need to be reasonably priced, which they definitely weren’t back then.

The Concorde fare was way too expensive for the average Joe and Jane.

Concorde was also accident-prone.

During its 27 years in service, Concorde had a long list of accidents, most of which were tire- or wheel-related.

In addition to all of the above, flying supersonic generates a sonic boom, which is why supersonic aircraft, with the exception of military aircraft, have been banned for the best part of 50 years in most countries.

NASA is building the X-59, a new breed of supersonic aircraft which can, in theory, minimize the supersonic boom to almost nothing.

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