Ever since Concorde landed for the final time in 2003, aviation lovers and passengers alike have long-awaited it’s replacement. Now, Boeing have revealed their concept to the world; a hypersonic aircraft capable of cruising at Mach 5.
Initial reports are suggesting that the as of yet unnamed jet will have a cruising altitude of 95,000 feet, some 30,000 feet higher than Concorde. Current estimates predict that the jet will be able to cross the Atlantic in approximately 2 hours, and flights from Eastern Asia to the West Coast of America could take 3 hours, as opposed to the 10 hours that it currently takes Delta’s Boeing 777s to fly.
The plans have received some criticism from environmentalist groups that are concerned what effect this aircraft will have on the Earth’s atmosphere, especially when it comes to the amount of fuel that an aircraft like this would consume. However, the jet isn’t expected to be airborne for another 20 – 30 years, giving Boeing some time to work on a solution that would satisfy its critiques.
Estimated to be smaller in size than a Boeing 737-800, the aircraft will no doubt provide first class service to an elite clientele, much like it’s predecessor Concorde.
The Chicago based aircraft manufacturer has a record of working towards hypersonic flight, with their experimental X-51 Waverider drone reaching Mach 5 whilst cruising at 70,000 feet back in 2013.
With the supersonic and now hypersonic aircraft market already facing fierce competition from companies such as Boom!, Virgin and even NASA; Boeing will surely be hoping that their concept takes off.
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