The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner

Jonathan Glancey

RRP: £12.99

7 July 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391098

RRP: £20.00

1 October 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391074

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391081

In Concorde, Jonathan Glancey tells the story of this magnificent and hugely popular aircraft anew, taking the reader from the moment Captain Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947 through to the last commercial flight of the supersonic airliner in 2003. It is a tale of national rivalries, technological leaps, daring prototypes, tightrope politics, and a dream of a Dan Dare future never quite realized.

Jonathan Glancey traces the development of Concorde not just through existing material and archives, but through interviews with those who lived with the supersonic project from its inception. The result is a compelling mix of overt technological optimism, a belief that Britain and France were major players in the world of civil as well as military aviation, and faith in an ever faster, ever more sophisticated future.

This is a celebration, as well as a thoroughly researched history, of a truly brilliant machine that became a sky god of its era.