(CNN) — Earlier this year, a Norwegian Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner hitched a ride on a powerful jet stream and flew from New York to London in a record-setting five hours and 13 minutes, landing almost an hour ahead of schedule.
Record-setting, perhaps, but for a subsonic airliner.
In 1976 — over 40 years ago — elite passengers were crossing the Atlantic in under three and a half hours, flying at twice the speed of sound in the Anglo-French Concorde.
Only 20 of the sleek, delta-winged SSTs were built, and just 14 were delivered to two airlines — seven each to Air France and British Airways.
With superlative service and cuisine, exclusive airport lounges and stratospherically high airfares, Concorde passengers flew far above other flights, and cruised faster than fighter jets to their destinations.
Concorde’s last commercial flight departed 15 years ago, on October 24, 2003.
But what was it really like to rub shoulders with the rich and famous on a Concorde flight? CNN Travel asked some former passengers what it was like to fly on one. READ MORE
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