Boeing's hypersonic passenger jet could cross the Atlantic in 2 hours

Darnell Taylor
June 29, 2018

London to NY in two hours?

Estimates are that the most recent appearance of the hypersonic Boeing in the skies above might take place 30 years from now.

Hold onto your stomachs guys, because USA manufacturer Boeing has revealed plans for a hypersonic plane that will get you from our sunburnt land to Europe in only 5 hours.

For passenger use, Popular Mechanics overviewed how all of this could possibly work through the implementation of a cooling system, high-altitude flights, and specialized tail design. But Boeing could use the planes moving at 3,900 miles per hour for commercial and military purposes as well.

The Chicago-based aviation giant used the platform of the prestigious annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to unveil an image of what it has pithily described as the "first passenger-carrying hypersonic vehicle concept".

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Boeing says the plane, which momentarily doesn't have a name, is supposed to be capable of reaching a speed of up to five times the speed of sound.

"When you look at the problem of getting from Point A to Point B anywhere in the world, the question is how fast do you want to go and how fast is fast enough?" And Boeing's European rival Airbus has a partnership with the Nevada-based Aerion Corporation that, it hopes, will one day bear supersonic fruit.

"We're excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before", Bowcutt said in a post on Boeing's website. "For the business traveler or the military, where time is really important, that's an interesting point".

Even before Boeing can get to the logistics though, it will need to develop materials that are lightweight enough to actually allow the jet to reach Mach 5 speeds, which is likely to take years, if not decades. "You can get across the Atlantic in about 2 hours. and across the Pacific in about 3 hours".

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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