While it was an abject financial, engineering, and public relations nightmare, the Concorde was certainly a beautiful, beautiful machine. And up until the 1988 gathering at Heathrow Airport, pictured here, they had never been photographed together in such great numbers.
The six sleek planes, arranged in geometric perfection, look particularly space age when lined up side by side—a rare sight, and one that wasn't bested until seven were shot together in 2000. The radical grace of their impossibly pointed noses to their broad-backed wingspans shows just how finely tuned their supersonic forms were—and how susceptible they were to disaster. [MICEMAN]