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A trip from New York to Sydney, meanwhile, will be cut by a staggering 75 per cent - from 20 hours on a commercial airliner to just five hours.
British firm HyperMach revealed its plans for the 20-seat plane at the Paris Air Show last week.
It will be able to cruise at Mach 3.1, a speed made possible by S-MAGJET hybrid gas turbine engine technology; nobody has ever travelled that fast before.
Its top speed, however, will be Mach 3.6.
Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by tarifa37
Surely, a 20-seat jet is not economically viable when it must be designed, prototyped, tested and mass produced.
But with the growing number of super rich, perhaps there is envisioned a market for such out-of-this-world thinking. But that would be about ten years down the road at least before such a craft would be had by the airlines and by that time the triangle technology will be brought forth by the coming war and negate all pure aircraft, don't ya think?.edit on 27-6-2011 by Aliensun because: I'll will add that if you look into the vast differences in design between the Concorde and what we know as the SR-71 "Blackbird," you can see that there are a couple of billion dollars difference in the vastly more complicated design, and the operational costs would be equally huge. It ain't gonna happen.
Originally posted by Rob37n
It'll never get off the ground, because all the petty minded NIMBYs in the US will make sure there isn't a single airport anywhere in the country where the plane is allowed to land. The USA shot down the Concorde programme by following this approach, and they'll do exactly the same again to stop this plane getting off the ground and most certainly stop it landing on US soil.
They have history in this respect, Concorde and TSR2 for starters.
Originally posted by thebozeian
A prexisting thread on this subject was already started by me about a week ago. Could we direct all comments to just the one thread please.
Second supersonic concept revealed at Le Bourget