For years, I’ve wanted to go to New York. As I mentioned in a recent post, though, I was more or less petrified with the concept of flight for a long, long time. Even now, when the concept of flight is not quite so scary to me, I find it hard to get on flights to places like the United States.
The time that it takes to get there is just quite off-putting, and it does make it hard for me to drum up the enthusiasm to go. Well, it would appear that Boeing has heard my complaints – they have introduced the concept of a two-hour flight from New York City to London.
While nowhere near here yet, the fact they feel bold enough to say this in public is definitely a good sign. At the moment, the record flight speed was around 5h13m. That’s still pretty damn fast, but not quite as fast as people want to get it down to. Indeed, the aim is to get it even faster than the famous Concorde aircraft.
Boeing aims that, one day, they’ll be able to create a hypersonic airliner that could hit barely believable speeds of Mach 5 – around 3,800mph – meaning that you would be traveling at around 5x the speed of sound. While this is all very much in the concept stage – no name is announced for the aircraft – and that Boeing warns this could be a 20-30 year wait, it’s still exciting to hear it spoken about.
At the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Atlanta, Boeing produced some renderings of the new aircraft to show the world. Naveed Hussain, the Vice President of Boeing’ Aeromechanics division, said: “We’re excited about the potential to connect the world faster than ever before,
“Although technology and regulatory challenges are ahead, Boeing has been studying hypersonics for over six decades, which makes us the right company to bring this technology to market when the world is ready.”
An exciting future
Another person who is very much interested in what is to come is that of Stuart Craig. Craig is an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and is part of the team at the University of Arizona. Speaking to NBC News, he said: “We’ve been striving for this hypersonic technology for the better part of half a century, but in recent years, advances in computational technology and materials technology have made it much more in grasp.”
While we’ve already enjoyed supersonic air travel 15 years ago, the Concorde was simply not ready to be flown in the way that was intended. Retired for “commercial reasons”, the aircraft was finished off. This is despite the aircraft going from New York to London in two hours and 52 minutes, 59 seconds.
Sadly, it won’t be until I’m probably beyond the age where I want to fly when this baby gets on the market. For those who love flying, though, this should be a development worth keeping an eye on.
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