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the only fear for it is that it will be a flop like the concorde,but it was not the right time for the concorde now we are ready for a supersonic commercial aircraft.
Originally posted by neoninewho said the concorde was a flop it has generated more money than any other airliner in the world. The only reason it was discontinued was because of the cost of fuel. They should not have the same problem with hyprsonic buisness jets.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
It has been said that supersonic commercial travel will always be a flop because-
1)Supersonic speeds are mostly reserved for Militrary Aircraft but not limited to.
2)Going at Mach 2.2 is not really easy to work with, can be unsettling.
4)Not very economical, few people, large price per ticket, very fast ride.
Originally posted by cyberdude78
Didn't Westpoint post something about a supersonic plane with no windows at all. A bit dangerous if you can't find Ctrl-Alt-Delete. But I don' like the concept of supersonic buissness jets. Buissness jets are already easier to highjack then say a United Airlines 747 flight. And if they are high jacked the USAF will have a lot less time to intercept.
Gulfstream's proposed supersonic business jet has evolved into a variable-geometry design as the company tries to satisfy requirements for take-off distance, airport noise, subsonic range, supersonic performance...
France's aerospace heavyweight Dassault Aviation pointed to the future last year when it unveiled plans for the Falcon SST, a supersonic business jet. Though it may be another decade before the plane actually pokes its nose out of anyone's hangar, the announcement convinced the aviation industry that mini-SSTs are truly on their way. According to plans, the Falcon, built to accommodate eight passengers, will be able to fly farther than Concorde without refueling. And, thanks to noise-suppression technology, it won't generate the sonic boom that prevents the big bird from landing in cities like Tokyo. That's music to environmentalists' ears--and practical, too, since "quiet" supersonic aircraft can use existing corporate airport runways.
Dassault's arch-rival, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. of the U.S., is also trying to get into the act. Gulfstream, which is in the process of being acquired by General Dynamics Corp., accounts for 60% of the long-range/ultra-long-range business-jet market. It has a backlog of orders through 2007 for more than 125 Gulfstream Vs and Gulfstream IV-SPs, together worth more than $4 billion. And it, too, wants to go supersonic. Gulfstream and aircraft designer Lockheed Martin Skunk Works are jointly engaged in a feasibility study on producing such a craft. Explains Gulfstream president Bill Boisture: "The new frontier is time."
The partners hope to get funding from NASA's HighSpeed Research program. They may well need it. One big stumbling block is finding the right engine. Gulfstream and Lockheed, like Dassault, are experimenting with either modifying an existing engine design or creating an entirely new one. Either way, the process will be expensive and could take more than five years.
Although private supersonic travel is some way off, potential producers are enrouraged by the success of Executive Jet Inc. The company, which currently manages 226 aircraft, is the world's largest operator of private business jets. Through its NetJets program, Executive Jet pioneered "fractional" aircraft ownership, in which two or more firms share a private plane. NetJets allows individuals or companies to buy as little as a one-eighth interest in a business jet aircraft, depending on the flight hours needed. Executive Jet, which was acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway last year, currently has a backlog of 460 aircraft on order. Its client list includes individuals such as Tiger Woods and Pete Sampras and companies like General Electric and Texaco. The ever-effusive Buffett calls the arrangement "the premier provider of aviation solutions in the world."
Naturally, a plane of the sort Dassault and Gulfstream are dreaming up will carry a hefty price-tag--perhaps as much as $80 million, or roughly double the cost of a high-end conventional business jet. But that doesn't faze some potential customers. Executive Jet senior vice president Kevin Russell says his company could buy "anywhere between five and 50" supersonic jets when they become available. Until then, Concorde will remain the only supersonic show in the sky.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
.............. I believe 3 private jets hitting the same building will take it out.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Very very silly? I was actually surprised the WTC lasted as long as they did I though they would collapse as soon as the 747 hit. Not all Al-qaeda targets are going to be the highest strongest (structurally) buildings in the world. They con go after less structured buildings like financial centers in new your which are only like 50 stories high. Even if they don’t manage to collapse the building it would still have a huge impact.
Originally posted by Murcielago
I think you meant 767 not 747.