aviation post of the day
Planet Swank notes with some sadness that an aviation era has come to an end. British and French aviation officials have announced that they will cease operation of the Concorde super-sonic transport, according to the BBC, which has this retrospective of the Concorde's career.
Although this news is sad, it's hardly surprising. The enormous expense of operating the Concorde prevented its widespread acceptance outside of Europe's heavily subsideized airlines. While returning the jet to service after its first-ever fatal crash in 2000 was a brave statement, there was never any questioned that the aging Concorde fleet's operational service had little life left.