The planned cessation of all Concorde flights this week really brings the end to an era. The retirement of the first and only supersonic commercial transport is not a step back for future fast air travel; it instead reveals our failure to take a step forward. While there may be plans sitting in some aircraft manufacturer's dusty bins or computers for the next-generation SST, there does not appear to be any immediacy to introducing a new transport of this category. It would have been ...

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