In 1953, Col. Scott Crossfield would don a flight suit, parachute and helmet, then be secured to an ejection seat inside the cramped cockpit of a Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. After weeks of planning and preparation, a four chamber rocket engine would thrust Crossfield into the history books, making him the first human being to exceed twice the speed of sound. During that golden age of flight test, few could dream that we would one day sip Champagne and watch movies aboard a double sonic airliner. Concorde would make that dream a reality.

     The joint Aérospatiale / British Aircraft Corporation Concorde flew at Mach 2, allowing passengers to enjoy opulence and comfort as they traveled from New York to London in 3.5 hours, not the 8 hours of a conventional airliner. Concorde flew for more than three decades as the first supersonic transport. It truly made the world a smaller place.

     One of only 20 built, tail number F-BVFA was the first ship delivered to Air France. She would roll up 17,820 flight hours over the course of 6,966 flights, culminating in one last landing at Washington Dulles International Airport for permanent display at Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, as the first Concorde to be permanently displayed in the United States.

British Aerospace One-Eleven

Originally designed by Hunting Aircraft Ltd as a four-abreast 48-seat airliner, with a 1,610-km (1,000-mile) range, the One-Eleven entered service on 9 April 1965. Variants include the Series 300, first ordered by American Airlines and altered to meet US regulations, and the Series 500 which appeared in 1966 with a stretched fuselage, increased by 4.11m (13ft 6in), and wingspan increased by 1.2m (5ft).


<b>The evolution of the British Harrier</b>

1. Hawker P.1127
2. Hawker Siddeley GR.1
3. Hawker Siddeley GR.3
4. Hawker Siddeley T.4
5. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.5
6. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.7
7. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.9
8. British Aerospace Harrier II T.12


Deadly plane crash in Colombia kills Chapecoense soccer teammates from Brazil

A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 71 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for the first leg Wednesday of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin.

Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Luis Benavides, Lius Eduardo Noriega A./EPA, AP Photo/Luis Benavides, Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

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British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA.2

Informally known as the “Shar”, The Sea Harrier served in the Falklands War, both of the Gulf Wars, and the Balkans conflicts;