Business: Up There at 1,300 m.p.h.

At first, the Soviets grabbed the headlines with a dazzling array of new aircraft, especially the TU-144 supersonic jetliner. But when the Paris Air Show got into full swing last week, the French crowds were flocking to see a competing SST, the Anglo-French Concorde. If the Western European jet makes its commercial debut in 1974 or 1975, it will be the first supersonic liner in regular service. TIME'S Paris bureau chief, William Rademaekers, went to Le Bourget Airport to look at the Concorde, and was invited to become one of the first journalists to ride in it. His test-flight report:

THE Concorde...

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