Airplanes are Getting 4x Faster, Soon
It might sound a bit space age, but flights between New York and London taking ONLY AN HOUR could be just eight years away.
If technology that they’re currently working on comes into being, a day-trip to Central Park for a picnic might not be too far off.
The U.S Airforce are currently working on a hypersonic air vehicle.
Based on the X-51 Waverider which flew at a staggering Mach 5.1 (or 3,882 mph) 60,000 ft over the Pacific two years ago, the chief scientist Mica Endsley told Military.com that it’s more science fact than science fiction.
“X-51 was really a proof of concept test. It showed that you could get a scram jet engine, launch it off an aircraft and it could go hypersonic.
“It was able to go more than Mach 5 until it ran out of fuel. It was a very successful test of an airborne hypersonic weapons system.”
For those planning a day-trip shopping on Fifth Avenue, though, be warned that they’re currently developing the technology for solely military means, and hope to be able to use their findings in missile testing by 2020.
Ryan Helback, an official at the Air Force Research Laboratory, reportedly said: “We are the Air Force. What do we want to do with this technology? We want to weaponise it.”