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10 things to know about the supersonic Concorde, set to return in 2019

Once the pinnacle of commercial air travel, Concorde jets haven't flown for 14 years, though a privately-funded organisation will put one back in service.

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    Concordes used to fly at a height of about 17.7km. Passengers were essentially at the edge of space, and were thus able to see the curvature of the Earth and the darkness of space beyond the horizon - all while knocking back a glass of champagne.

    The staggering flight altitude surpassed the official upper limit for even military jets like the F-16. At such heights, increased exposure to solar radiation became a concern, so each plane was equipped with a radiometer so captains could keep an eye on the radiation levels, and drop to lower altitudes if necessary.


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A version of this story first appeared on Luxury Insider.