The sonic boom over Yorkshire has sparked huge interest but supersonic flight hasn't always been the province of elite RAF fighter pilots.

In the early 1990s, I won a supersonic flight on Concorde - ironically out of Charles de Gaulle airport.

We flew out by standard jet then it was time to climb into the Thunderbird style fuselage on an Air France Concorde.

Aircraft Concorde prototype comes into land at Farnborough Airshow with nose drooped and under carriage lowered

It may have been the thick end of 30 years ago but I still remember the cigar-tube cabin, the tiny windows, the superb in-flight food - and the most sophisticated air crew ever. I mean, Air France, Concorde... And supersonic?

Well to be honest it was something of an anti climax.

There was a digital counter showing our mac speed which was ticking over at 0.5 before we flew out over the Bay of Biscay.

A British Airways Concorde lifts off from Heathrow airport on one of its last ever commercial flights October 23, in London.
A British Airways Concorde lifts off from Heathrow airport on one of its last ever commercial flights October 23, in London.

The Gauloise-voiced pilot then announced we would be going supersonic.

There was no bang but an incredible show off surge of power and the counter clicked steadily till it hit 2.00 - twice the speed of sound.

Princess Diana boarding concorde April 1986 Flying from Heathrow Airport

It didn't feel much different and it didn't last long. But it's a flight I'll never forget.

See what it was like to fly on Concorde below

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