In the politics of supersonic transport, “boom” let to bust.
In retirement: the Concorde at the National Air and Space Museum Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Dane A. Penland)
By Bill Sweetman
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Ask why there was no replacement for the Concorde, which retired in 2003, and people will tell you that supersonic commercial flight is uneconomical. It’s not necessarily true. A supersonic transport (SST) is within the state of the art, but attempts to build one have been misdirected by politics and entrenched business interests, with a dash of class warfare.