For the hopefuls developing a new generation of supersonic transports (SST), the Concorde is both an inspiration and a problem. The speed and elegance of the Anglo-French aircraft still appeals to many, but its noise and cost polarized public opinion on high-speed air travel. “Concorde was a beautiful aircraft, way ahead of its time, but there were some serious shortcomings. And that makes us think about how we can have a sustainable resurgence of supersonic flight versus the short ...

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