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By Victoria Woollaston

Is this the son of Concord? Boeing's supersonic passenger plane tested by Nasa

A 1.79 percent scale model of a concept supersonic aircraft built by The Boeing Company. This shot of the 'son of Concorde' model is taken through the window of Nasa's supersonic wind tunnel at the Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Nasa has begun testing models of a 'son of Concorde' aircraft - a passenger plane that would travel faster than the speed of sound. The supersonic aircraft, which has been designed by The Boeing Company, is hoping to fill the gap left by Concorde when it was retired in November 2003. At the moment, commercial supersonic planes are not allowed to fly over land because of the noise created by sonic booms.

Artist's impression of a supersonic aircraft shows what the final model may look like.

Concorde's first commercial flight was in 1976. It flew regularly from London to New York, before it was retired in 2003.

Flights from London to New York took just three and a half hours, compared to the eight hours it takes to fly there on subsonic planes. In 1986, Concorde flew around the world covering 28,238 miles in just 29 hours and 59 minutes.

On 25 July 2000, Concorde crashed into a hotel in Gonesse, France, killing all passengers and crew, as well as four bystanders. It was the only fatal accident, and the aircraft was retired three years later. It's last commercial journey was made on 24 October 2003 from New York to London.

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