25 years ago on February 7th, 1996
The Concorde makes its final commercial flight from JFK Airport to London, ending the era of supersonic travel
Before Concorde flights even began, the United States banned them from flying due to excessive noise and sonic booms they produced when accelerating. By February 1977, the U.S. ban was lifted, but New York imposed its own ban. By October 1977 that ban also fell and jet roars began to sweep over the Rockaways for the next 26 years, setting off car alarms, shaking buildings, and sending residents to protest at JFK.
With low ridership after September 11th and a dwindling number of replacement parts, Concorde service was discontinued by various air carriers during 2003.
The final commercial flight out of JFK joined two other planes in London to ceremoniously land one after another at Heathrow airport, bringing supersonic travel to an end.
There would actually be another final Concorde flight out of JFK on November 5, 2003 when the aircraft, named G-BOAG, which had performed the final commercial flight, returned to JFK and left empty for Seattle, where it now resides in the Museum of Flight. The Concorde on display at the Intrepid museum in Manhattan is model G-BOAD and was the plane used on the record-setting transatlantic flight from New York to London on February 7, 1993, crossing the ocean in just under three hours.