The Angelo-French super-sonic airliner is one of the most spectacular aircraft dvelopments of the last few years. The first flght of the British Aircaft Corporation and Aerospatiale joint production was on 2nd March 1969. Passenger flights started operating at the beginning of 1976 (transatlantic and middle-east routes).
In 1926, developed by Claude Dornier flying boat was the later maiden flight in October 1929, the largest plane of its time. Driven by 12 motors they could carry 150 passengers regularly. On 11.02.1930 the DO X Friedrichshafen left to an Atlantic crossing, but then had toundergo in the Canary Islands a repair and finally reached New York with 10-month delay.
Ford's Tri-Motor was an innovative design incorporating three Pratt and Whitney Wasp radical engines with a corrugated metal fuselage featuring an enclosed cockpit and a heated passenger cabin. Coined as the "tin goose", there were 199 Tri-Motors built between 1926 and 1933.
With top speed of Mach 2.2, Concorde flew faster than all its competitors and reduced the flight time between Europe and the USA by 50%. Due to economic reasons, they were sent to retirement in mid-2003 for high running costs and high fuel consumption.