The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph). Taken from an RAF Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for 4 minutes over the Irish Sea: The Tornado was rapidly running out of fuel, struggling to keep up with Concorde at Mach 2.

The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph). Taken from an RAF Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for 4 minutes over the Irish Sea: The Tornado was rapidly running out of fuel, struggling to keep up with Concorde at Mach 2.

Concorde: "It is not unreasonable to look upon Concorde as a miracle." Chief Test Pilot: Brian Trubshaw. (1967)

Concorde: "It is not unreasonable to look upon Concorde as a miracle." Chief Test Pilot: Brian Trubshaw. (1967)

The XB-70, one of the world's most exotic airplanes, was conceived for the Strategic Air Command in the 1950s as a high-altitude bomber that could fly three times the speed of sound (Mach 3). Because of fund limitations, only two were built, not as bombers, but as research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects related to large supersonic aircraft.

The XB-70, one of the world's most exotic airplanes, was conceived for the Strategic Air Command in the 1950s as a high-altitude bomber that could fly three times the speed of sound (Mach 3). Because of fund limitations, only two were built, not as bombers, but as research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects related to large supersonic aircraft.

Handley Page Victor.  To think this beautiful plane (as well as the Vulcan) was designed and built within just 7 years after WW2!!

Handley Page Victor. To think this beautiful plane (as well as the Vulcan) was designed and built within just 7 years after WW2!!

Concorde - first supersonic aircraft.  Those sonic booms were pretty loud if you weren't expecting them!

Concorde - first supersonic aircraft. Those sonic booms were pretty loud if you weren't expecting them!

The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed in the Soviet Union.

The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed in the Soviet Union.

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