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Passenger Flight Almost Reaches Supersonic Speed

Trip is 90 minutes shorter than expected

(Newser) - A British Airways flight almost reached supersonic speeds as it zoomed from New York's JFK Airport to London's Heathrow in just five hours and 16 minutes, arriving 90 minutes before it was scheduled. Its ground speed reached 745mph, just under the speed of sound at sea level, which... More »

Plane of the Future Won't Have Windows

Losing them will help planned supersonic jet zoom, but experts raise concerns

(Newser) - Why have windows on a plane when you can have cameras showing passengers the sky? That's the philosophy behind Spike Aerospace's S-512 , a planned supersonic jet that will zoom up to 18 passengers from London to New York in less than four hours; it's set to travel... More »

Families Mark 10th Anniversary of Concorde Crash

Verdict of trial expected in December

(Newser) - Some 100 family members, witnesses, and Air France officials today marked 10 years since a Concorde jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport, plowing into a hotel. Air France flew in family members from Germany, where most of the victims were from, and gave them flowers to... More »

NASA Aims to Stifle the Sonic Boom

Researchers experiment with quieter ways to smash the sound barrier

(Newser) - NASA scientists are trying to mute the ear-splitting boom caused by supersonic flight into more of a sonic rumble, Wired reports. Researchers using modified F-15 jets have been experimenting with different wing shapes to spread out shock waves from breaking the sound barrier so they sound more like thunder than... More »

French Seek Manslaughter Charges in Concorde Crash

Continental, others could be charged over 2000 accident that killed 113

(Newser) - A public prosecutor in France is calling for Continental Airlines to face manslaughter charges over the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, Reuters reports. The supersonic jet crashed minutes after takeoff when a burst tire sent debris into an engine. A French investigation found that... More »

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