26 September 2013 marks exactly 40 years since Concorde, the supersonic passenger aircraft, made her first non-stop flight across the Atlantic.
Concorde was such a unique mode of transport, in both her design and in her operational service, that it is probably possible to mark an anniversary of some kind for every week that she was in operation! But it was in September 1973 that she flew for the first time directly from Washington in the Unites States to Orly airport in France, crossing the Atlantic without stopping.
With an average speed of 954 miles per hour, it was a French model of the Concorde which took just three hours and 32 minutes to make the journey, smashing the previous record in half. A Boeing 747 would have taken more than seven hours for the same trip.
This flight brought to an end a publicity tour of North and South America designed to convince hesitant (or reluctant) airline companies to buy the aircraft. The visit also coincided with the opening of Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Texas, on 22 September 1973, where Concorde touched down on American soil for the first time.