Well said! I agree completely - no jokes about the tragic Concorde crash are in this thread, and nor would anybody here make such a joke...
I'll add that whilst I don't know what the first submarine was, the first submarine to taste victory was in the USA. It was called the Hunley, and successfully sunk a ship before sinking itself nearby. The wreck was found by author Clive Cussler some years ago, and was just recently raised and taken for preservation in a museum.
Incredible story, I strongly recommend others to read more about it. The submarine was powered by human hand (a crank-shaft ran down the middle of the sub, which the crew turned); it had to strike its target with a "spear" on its bow, then back away leaving the spear in the target, and trailing a cord back to the spear with which to trigger the explosion from a safe distance.
Well, let's see... I'm looking through all the posts above and I DO NOT see any jokes about the downed Concorde flight or its passengers, so I have no idea what your point is. If someone wanted to joke about a stranded TW 747 on some foreign soil, I wouldn't care in the slightest.
Some of you Concorde nuts need to chill. Yes, grounding the Concorde sucks, but it isn't the end of the world, or supersonic transportation for that matter. And what the hell does the jet engine, etc. etc. being invented in Europe have to with anything discussed here? Aviation invented in Europe?? Last time I checked Kitty Hawk was in North Carolina. Again, what's your point?