Concorde Makes Final Flight

By Mike Wendling | July 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EDT

London ( - Concorde, the world''s only commercial supersonic plane, made its last passenger flight on Friday, touching down in London after a three-and-a-half hour journey from New York.

The plane, the result of a joint British-French project, first flew 27 years ago. Rising maintenance costs and slackening demand for high-speed air travel after a July 2000 crash and the Sept. 11 terror attacks convinced Concorde owners British Airways and Air France to take the fleet out of service. They''ll now go into museums.

Traffic jams were reported in London as people stopped to watch the touchdown of the final flight from New York following the landings of two other Concordes, one flying from Scotland and the other making a loop over the Atlantic. Celebrities and frequent fliers were among the last of the Concorde''s passengers.

Aviation experts have hailed the planes as engineering marvels, but according to reports some residents near airports in New York, London and Paris are glad the Concorde''s sonic booms will no longer be heard..

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