'Noisy Neighbour', 4 December 1972.
© Manchester Daily Express / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by John Downing; 'a rural cows-eye view of Concorde.' A farmer stands beside his tractor watching the supersonic airliner taking off while his cows continue grazing unconcernedly. A collaboration between the British and French governments, Concorde made its maiden flight in 1969, and entered commercial service in 1976. Capable of flying at 1450 mph, the aeroplane could fly from London to New York in only 3 1/2 hours. All Concordes were grounded after one of the aircraft crashed near Paris shortly after take-off on 25 July 2000. Flights resumed in January 2001, but in 2003 British Airways announced that it would be retiring Concorde from service in October that year.