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SST, RIP

This morning, as my flight back from Philadelphia was taking off, so did the final flight of the Concorde, the world’s only supersonic airplane. With tickets costing upwards of $8,000, the airliner has long been considered a status symbol by celebrities and CEOs alike.

High operations and maintenance costs drove British Airways to stop scheduling flights — even though Virgin’s head, Richard Branson, offered to take over the business. Meanwhile, the decades-old B-52 Stratofortress is expected to keep aloft for another 40 years.

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