How the DC-8 was actually the first supersonic airliner

The 1960s were a golden period for aviation. Key.Aero recounts the time that the Douglas Aircraft Corporation set out to break the sound barrier in its DC-8, years before anyone else managed it 

There’s a common misconception that Concorde was the world’s first supersonic airliner when actually the Russians beat everyone to it with the Tupolev Tu-144. But despite this, these two were not the first commercial aircraft to go supersonic, that title is held by an unlikely candidate. 

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