Concorde: A Supersonic Story - go behind the scenes of the most glamorous plane ever built in BBC documentary tonight

While the UK may be in the midst of peak holiday season, few of us will be jetting off in quite the level of speed and luxury offered by the Concorde.

Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 4:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 5:30 pm
The passenger jet was renowned for its supersonic speed (Photo: BBC)

The passenger jet may no longer be in operation, but it is perhaps the most iconic and was renowned for its supersonic speed.

Faster than the speed of sound

British Airways Concorde made just short of 50,000 flights in its 27 year history, having operated from 1976 until 2003, and it flew more than 2.5 million passengers supersonically.

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In a fascinating documentary on BBC Four tonight (25 Jul), viewers can enjoy rare footage from Concorde's history and nostalgic memories from former pilots, passengers and the engineers who built it.

The hour-long programme covers in detail how the British and French co-production haemorrhaged money from the off-set, and was hampered by political maneuvering between the two governments.

The documentary also examines the horrendous crash in 2000, which led to a fall in passenger numbers and three years later saw British Airways and Air France they were to put Concorde into retirement.

When is it on TV?

Concorde: A Supersonic Story will air on BBC Four tonight (25 July) at 9pm.