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More: Paris - Le Bourget (LBG / LFPB)
More: France, June 1973
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CCCP-77102 / 451 (cn 01-2) Not great quality, but evocative, taken the day before its fatal crash. Concorde cruises up and away, leaving Charger to its fate.
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A visitor from - posted Mon February 15, 2016:
One of the greatest shots in aviation history.

A visitor from Venezuela posted Fri March 27, 2015:
Both Supersonic jets are caught in a once-in-a-liftime pic. Who would imagine Tu-144`s fate? I guess the pic was taken one day before the Tu-144 crashed during the Le Bourget Air Show. It would not survive any longer. Concord, on the other hand, would eventually succeed as the one and only supersonic jetliner in the aviation industry, until the unfortunate crash in 1999, near Paris, France.

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A visitor from - posted Wed November 5, 2014:
TU was just being unlucky. R.I.P both of the beauties.

A visitor from - posted Tue June 17, 2014:
With todays technology, its interesting that supersonic travel never evolved. Have never understood why. Guess aerospace industries are too focused on building destructive technologies.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 10, 2014:
As history played out the TU-144 was hampered by mechanical problems from the get-go.

A visitor from United States posted Tue October 1, 2013:
Whose fatal crash happened a day after; the Tupolev or Concord? I mean both have crashed historically.

A visitor from - posted Sun August 25, 2013:
I think its the test Concorde or prototype

A visitor from United States posted Sun July 1, 2012:
Any idea what the tail # is on that Concorde?

A visitor from - posted Mon January 23, 2012:
Nice catch. Old and older. :-)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed December 14, 2011:
In the 70's probably one would think that by 2011 all would fly in SSTs...

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 3, 2011:
Very sad to look at our dreams of the 70's, knowing the way they turned out. Great dreams though!

A visitor from Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of posted Tue January 25, 2011:
Epic photo! Deserves a place in history books.

A visitor from - posted Sun December 12, 2010:
For History

A visitor from - posted Mon August 30, 2010:
One of the most moving pictures I have seen to date in the aviation world. RIP all those who were lost. Great shot, greater significance! Well done!

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 4, 2010:
Beautiful shot, it

A visitor from France posted Mon October 26, 2009:
Very funny

A visitor from - posted Mon October 5, 2009:
Classic shot! Here you can see the similarities between the flying Concord and the TU-144 on the ground. No one could imagine the fatal fate of the Russian SST.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 12, 2009:
The 2 great SSTs in a single shot. Classic!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri June 5, 2009:
Really extremely unique photo. Soviet & European civil supersonics in one shot!!!
Thanks a lot to Aris Pappas

A visitor from - posted Wed April 15, 2009:
One went on, the other stayed!!. Very nice shot, Aris

from Pakistan

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 17, 2009:
Beautiful and magnificent! Well caught and well done! Pure Brilliance

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon February 9, 2009:
I was there on the day of the crash, almost at the far end of the spectator area near Goussinville, My friend was putting his camera away as the front airfoil fell off under the stress, I remember it as I was watching it through binoculars. Its good to see it before that sad day. the juxtapose with concorde is very well shown. thanks for a great picture

A visitor from Ireland posted Sun February 1, 2009:
Pure majic Aris, 5 stars for historical importance !

A visitor from Malta posted Sun February 1, 2009:
My God ! This is some historical ace shot ! Alan.

A visitor from Ghana posted Sun February 1, 2009:
The grain of the film adds to the quality of the picture. Great!

A visitor from Italy posted Wed January 28, 2009:
This picture is incredible! extremely emotional, and i believe, of great historical significance.

A visitor from Germany posted Wed January 28, 2009:
Tu144 with a flying Condcorde in the background what more can You ask of a foto?

A visitor from Germany posted Wed January 28, 2009:
Talk about history, great catch Aris

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Tue January 27, 2009:
Beautiful, vintage, nostalgic,

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