ANALYSIS: How we covered Concorde's inaugural commercial flight

In the late morning of 21 January 1976, twin British Aerospace/Aerospatiale Concordes – G-BOAA and F-BVFA – lined up on Runway 28L at London Heathrow and at Paris Charles de Gaulle, poised for simultaneous take-offs on inaugural flights to Bahrain and Rio de Janeiro (via Dakar), respectively. There were high hopes that these sleek, revolutionary machines – the zenith of British and French aerospace achievement – represented a new era in air transport, for those who could afford the fares at least, and would be – albeit slowly – accepted by governments and blue-chip flag-carriers around the world.

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