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.

A marshaller's view of the BAC 221 (WG774) experimental supersonic aircraft.

A marshaller's view of the BAC 221 (WG774) experimental 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.

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 BAC 221 (WG774) experimental supersonic aircraft nose on.

The BAC 221 (WG774) experimental supersonic aircraft nose on.

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!!

A British Airways Concorde supersonic airliner escorted by the red Hawks of the RAF Red Arrows.

A British Airways Concorde supersonic airliner escorted by the red Hawks of the RAF Red Arrows.

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.

US Air Force Boeing B-52 and an RAF Avro Vulcan flying over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

US Air Force Boeing B-52 and an RAF Avro Vulcan flying over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

4,000 missles left in the dust, and not a scratch on her or any of her kind

4,000 missles left in the dust, and not a scratch on her or any of her kind

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