On January 21, 1976, the very first passengers boarded British Airways’ supersonic flight from London Heathrow to Bahrain.

The Concorde made just under 50,000 flights and flew more than 2.5 million passengers at a cruising speed of 1350mph - more than twice the speed of sound.

And in November 1986, a British Airways Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes.

The four engine aircraft also made its fastest transatlantic crossing on February 7 1996 when it completed the New York to London flight in 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

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Although Concorde has been out of service since October 24 2003, its memories live on, and today Thursday (January 21) 2016 marks 40 years since the nose-drooped aircraft first launched in the skies.

During its lifespan the Concorde was admired by many, and still to this day is visited by plane enthusiasts around the world.

All seven aircraft have been dispersed and are preserved and around the world including the Alpha Bravo at Heathrow.

The others are in Barbados, Edinburgh, Filton, Manchester, New York and Seattle.