The Concorde was quite possibly the aviation world's most impressive creation, gracing our skies for a limited time before meeting its untimely demise almost two decades ago.

The aeroplane's most admirable feature - a speed of Mach 2 that could cut trans-Atlantic journeys in half - was also its kryptonite, severly limiting its operations worldwide and therefore its financial longevity as an aviation programme.

Powered by four afterburning jet engines (yes, the same tech used by fighter jets and B-1 Bombers) the Concorde's cruising speed of 2170 km/h meant that the aircraft left an incredibly loud sonic boom in its wake as it sliced through the speed of sound. 

Such a sound was rarely (if ever) heard by anyone, given international regulations restricting the Concorde from flying at such a speed over land. Even at 60,000 feet up, the sound you'll hear in the video below at the 53-second mark is absolutely deafening, bearing in mind that was recorded on a 1990's Nokia potato.

The takeoff, which is also incredibly loud, preambles the sonic boom in the video and lends a strong case to the complaints from residents that lived close to airports from which the Concorde would fly.

Watch the video below, and then get yourself up to speed with five awesome facts about the Concorde you probably never knew.