Boeing releases rendering of hypersonic jet


Should such an aircraft be created to Mach 5 specifications, it would be able to zoom between London and NY in just an hour (rather than the current standard seven).

Boeing is still trying to figure out how any of this will all actually happen, but the aircraft manufacturing company does have its eye on a launch date.

Supersonic commercial flying was grounded with the Concorde but aircraft manufacturers have been working on concepts of ultra-fast jets over the past few years which may enable us to fly supersonic once again.

In a presentation at the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics Aviation in Atlanta the U.S. company unveiled its design for the unnamed plane, saying it could travel of speed of up to 6500km/h. It would even be faster than the Lockheed SR-71, which carried two Air Force officers up to speeds of 2,193 miles per hour in 1976.

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.

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"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?" "For the business traveler or the military, where time is really important, that's an interesting point". That's because exceeding Mach 5 requires more advanced engines and materials which aren't worth the effort at this point in time.

Highlighted 15 years after the iconic Concorde made its final supersonic passenger flight, Boeing's concept aims to fly much faster with a theoretical trip from NY to Tokyo in just two hours.

The earliest the jet might be airborne is 20 to 30 years in the future, according to Kevin Bowcutt, senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics. The aircraft would cross the Atlantic in about two hours, and the Pacific in about three.

"We're excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before", said Bowcutt.