Peter's and Eshaia's RTW trip (Part 1) - The Concorde

The last scheduled Concorde flight took place on October 24, 2003 and we flew on it on August 31st, so our timing was pretty fortuitous (we actually started working on the RTW trip long before it was announced that the Concorde would stop flying in 2003).

The Concorde / first class lounge at JFK is not what it used to be (one of us visited it prior to 9/11 and the difference was quite striking) but the coffee was pretty decent.
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Just one last quick picture of the plane as we're getting on and it's time to take the seats and prepare for take-off. As you can see, the seats on the Concorde are not super-spacious but that's hardly surprising given how sleek the plane really is.
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Just before take-off the flight attendands were quite busy taking pictures. A picture of the isle in the middle should give some idea of the amount of space on the plane.
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The take-off from New York was actually quite exciting and the pilot actually warned people not to panic when, immediately upon lift-off, he has to bank the plane hard to fly up a canal on the Hudson to comply with noise regulations.

But before we knew it we broke the sound barrier (you barely feel anything on the plane when it happens) and soon enough we were cruising at twice the speed of sound at an altitude of 53,000+ feet.
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The landing was quite an experience as well - one of the flight attendants told us that we had the best seats on the plane (we sat in the next-to-last row), and indeed the landing was quite dramatic.

A few pictures after exiting the plane, and it's over. We sure hope that we'll get a chance to fly something like the Concorde again one day!
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