FFF: Supersonic jet cuts flight time in half

For today’s Flyer Fact Friday, we take a look at more airline technology – a supersonic jet that would cut travel time from NYC to LA to less than two and half hours (right now it takes about five). Aside from the cost for technology and development, the other barrier to this time-saving wonder plane is the sonic boom.

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Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

A sonic boom sounds like a very loud clap of thunder, and “follows the plane the entire time it’s exceeding the speed of sound,” according to Steve Hargreaves’s article on CNN Money. Companies like Lockheed Martin and Aerion are working with NASA to break the boom, so for now any supersonic flights are banned over the US and other countries. Until they figure out how to lower the sonic boom, these flights would be limited to flight paths over water.

These supersonic flights would initially cater to the wealthy and would be more costly than standard aircraft (time is money after all), but some experts estimate this technology could be catering to the masses in the next two or three decades.

We don’t have supersonic jets at GSP yet, but who knows what the future may hold. You can read Steve’s full article here, and stay tuned to the WINGSPAN blog for more tech, history, and construction updates.

Happy travels,

-The Terminal


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