This is a fantastic piece.
My original impression of the airplane, based on the ride in the cabin of the Air France Concorde on that charter flight, and a brief visit to the flight deck, was of a fast, noisy, complicated machine that operated without a lot of margins.
After being doubtful (to say the least), Richard Collins went on to learn about the plane, understanding it.
Falling in love with it.
I can honestly say that the only thing that might have been more exciting would be a rocket launch into space.
What an experience it must have been.
No other machine could turn fuel into noise like that one.
Concorde in a museum is like a wild animal in a cage.