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When the Russian supersonic jet Konkordski crashed at the 1973 Paris Air Show killing 14 people, it marked the end of the East versus West battle for sky supremacy. This is the incredible story of Cold War espionage and cover-ups that began in 1961. Khruschev’s determination to build a super-jet led to the KGB infiltrating the Concorde organisation and stealing plans. In 1968, it produced a prototype. It wasn’t until 1973, however, that the jet was ready to show off against Concorde at Paris. The world watched, the French sent a spy plane to take photographs and disaster struck. The spy plane flew too close, the jet swerved, its engines failed and it fell out of the sky. For 25 years, the two governments colluded to keep the reason secret, until now.

When the Russian supersonic jet Konkordski crashed at the 1973 Paris Air Show killing 14 people, it marked the end of the East versus West battle for sky supremacy. This is the incredible story of Cold War espionage and cover-ups that began in 1961. Khruschev’s determination to build a super-jet led to the KGB infiltrating the Concorde organisation and stealing plans. In 1968, it produced a prototype. It wasn’t until 1973, however, that the jet was ready to show off against Concorde at Paris. The world watched, the French sent a spy plane to take photographs and disaster struck. The spy plane flew too close, the jet swerved, its engines failed and it fell out of the sky. For 25 years, the two governments colluded to keep the reason secret, until now.

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