As the drive toward sustainable commercial supersonic aircraft begins to accelerate, it seems remarkable that half a century ago the first supersonic airliner prototypes were already entering flight testing and the coming high-speed leap in civil aviation was viewed as a near-term inevitability. Yet none of these programs lived up to their promise and, despite the technological success of the Concorde, the economic and environmental barriers proved too great to overcome. Their legacy ...

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