5 Feb: A Virgin Atlantic flight coming in for a landing on top of the other taxiing of aircraft, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London reached the speed over the ground of 801 mph with the help of the strong wind, according to reports.
The blistering speed was reached, while at 35,000 feet over Pennsylvania. The Boeing 787 twin-jet aircraft received a boost by a raging jet stream, the high altitude flow of air along which storms travel.
“[N]ever ever seen this kind of wind in the back in my life as a commercial pilot,” tweeted Peter James, a jet captain.
Monday’s record above the speed of sound– which is 767 mph– but or air travel breaks the sound barrier is, depending on airspeed, not ground speed. Commercial aircraft are not designed to fly at supersonic speeds.
The Virgin Atlantic flight arrived in London 48 minutes early. The Boeing 787 aircraft has reached a top speed of 776 km / h and has a cruising speed of around 561 mph, the Washington Post reported.
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Some of the other high speeds were recorded Monday. A flight from Los Angeles to New York City hit 678 mph at 39,000 feet above the Ohio, while a 737 aircraft on the route from Chicago to New York passed 700 mph Tuesday morning.
The current was so strong, flight times from Dallas to Boston dipped below three hours.