Boeing introduces the first passenger-carrying supersonic vehicle concept (Credit: Boeing)
Boeing has unveiled a concept jet that can knock passengers from New York to London in a blistering Mach 5 – making it capable of crossing the pond in just two hours.
The supersonic plane could fly almost three times faster than the legendary Concorde was decommissioned in 2003 — and cruise at 95,000 feet, about 3000 meters higher than the supersonic predecessor, according to Aviation Week.
The concept aircraft, which was unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aviation 2018 conference in Atlanta, georgia, is part of a multiannual development plan with both commercial and military applications, the news outlet reported.
“We are excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect with the world faster than ever before,” Kevin Bowcutt, chief scientist of hypersonics at Boeing, said in a press release.
“Boeing is building on a foundation of six decades of work in designing, developing and flying an experimental ultra-fast vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort to use this technology to the market in the future.”
The swooping, streamlined aircraft for more passengers than a typical long-range business jet, but will be smaller than the Boeing’s popular 737 narrow-body aircraft.
But don’t plan on making reservations anytime soon – the jet is only expected to enter service in the late 2030s.
According to Boeing studies, Mach 5 – five times the speed of sound, or almost 4,000 km / h – is the water speed between the civil and the most nontransport military operations, Aviation Week reported.
“If you look at the problem of getting from point A to point B and everywhere in the world, the question is how fast you want to go and how fast is fast enough?” Bowcutt said.
“Supersonic is not really fast enough to go abroad and back in one day. For the business traveller or the army, where the time is really important, that is an interesting point. Mach 5 is where you can do that. You can get over the Atlantic ocean about 2 hours and over the Pacific ocean in about 3 hours.”
This story was previously published in the New York Post.