Return Of The Concorde

The world's fastest commercial airliner takes to the skies once again. But will its passengers?

Until Sept. 11, 2001, the most momentous air disaster in recent years had been the fiery crash of the Air France Concorde in the summer of 2000 that killed 113 people. That catastrophe--and the accompanying revelations of the plane's fragility and susceptibility to mishaps--gave the aircraft the ugly title of the most dangerous plane in the sky. The Concorde's French and British developers, however, were determined to bring the plane back and, two months ago, were prepared to do just that. Then came Sept. 11.

Transatlantic commercial air traffic has since plummeted, and both British Airways and Air France have been...

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