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Who needs the Concorde, anyway? On Monday, somewhere over northern Pennsylvania, a Virgin Atlantic-flown Boeing 787 Dreamliner traveling from Los Angeles to London managed to go where few commercial planes have gone before: to a speed of 801 miles per hour.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ausername
We had a Gulfstream come out of Korea and pick up a 155 knot wind. Passed over their fuel stop and exceeded their technical maximum range.
originally posted by: KansasGirl
a reply to: LookingAtMars
Some of my questions will probably sound idiotic but I don't care. I know next to nothing about this subject.
Why did this speed happen? Did the pilots TRY for a high speed? I get this image of a couple of asshole teenagers trying to see how high they can get the speedometer on the higjway. Were they bored? And had the jet stream tailwind thing and thought, why not, let's see how fast we can do in this thing?
Or is it some thing that can't be controlled if you're in the jet stream or under it or whatever or have a tailwind or whatever?
Could the passengers feel that it was faster than usual?
Makes me nervous to imagine this.