DailyDirt: Supersonic Flights

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Remember the Concorde? It was the longest operating commercial supersonic aircraft that flew its last flight in 2003 after 27 years of service. With a cruising speed of 1,350 mph (Mach 2), the Concorde could fly from New York to London in under 3 hours. For more than 20 years, the Concorde was the fastest and safest airliner in the world, but a deadly crash in 2000 that killed all 109 people on board, as well as 4 people on the ground, precipitated the demise of the Concorde, which was already suffering from a general downturn in the aviation industry. There hasn’t been a successor to the Concorde since it was retired, but perhaps the following are some possibilities.

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Spaceman Spiff (profile) says:

Teleportation

I think we won’t see super/hyper sonic travel until we perfect the personal teleporter. Unfortunately, the Concorde (as far as I recall) did not have adequate range to cross the Pacific, so it was limited to US/Europe travel. If it had the chops to go from the US to Japan/Taiwan/Australia/China in one jump, it would still be here today, especially given it currently takes over 18 hours to get across the big pond, and for business people, time is definitely $$.

cpt kangarooski says:

The Concorde never had enough range for the Pacific (in fact, with refueling stops for the SST along the way, a nonstop 747 would have a shorter flight time). When land overflights at speed were banned, it was basically dead. As for reviving supersonic aircraft, there is a big problem of jet lag. Tourists generally just take the cheapest flight. High speed flights are mainly going to be used by business people who need face to face meetings. But what good is that if you’re so jet lagged that you can’t function adequately, and need time on the ground to recover?

The shortest route from NYC to Tokyo, for example, is about 11,000 km (mostly overland; a supersonic route would be longer). A Concorde ran at about 2100 kph. So that’s 5 hours 15 minutes if it was supersonic on that shortest route. If you leave at noon in NYC, you’d arrive at 5:15pm Eastern, but 6:15am Tokyo time. You’ll want to go to bed by the time your lunch meeting comes along. That’s not so good, given how pricey it’ll be.

John S Mournian says:

sonic Cruiser

It is my understanding that BOEING and NASA are still trying
to come up with a more economical plane that would have
some of the Sonic Cruiser features; i.e., more speed, less fuel. The USA is losing its leadership role in aviation
and for the all the money that this country wastes on wars
to “protect democracy & human rights’ in countries where
the Man with the biggest Club wins, we should use it to advance our own industrial base. Our ideal partner should
be Japan; NOBODY else! We need jobs in USA, not countries
that are steeped in corruption. BOEING knows me as “Smoke Screen”.

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