How sad that this graceful machine will no longer fly. What is equally sad is the BBC’s unbalanced reporting of this. Examples:
Concorde has been ravaged by safety problems
Concorde has been blighted by a rash of problems
A number of unrelated incidents including engine failure, cracked windows, a broken nose cone and part of a rudder dropping off have disrupted flights
This ‘rash of problems’ is surely quite typical of any currently flying aircraft. Hearsay I know, but my previous partner of 2 years is a Cathay Pacific flight attendant, and regularly reported such incidents happening. Engine failure is the most common - on one flight the 747 in question landed on one engine. On another, they had to turn back because the landing gear wouldn’t retract.
To my knowledge, the Concorde underwent more rigorous testing than any other commercial airliner, and the only fatal accident was the result of a collision with a rudder component that fell off a previously departing DC10.
Goodbye Concorde. Many will miss you.