Saturday, 28 May 2011

Hooray! Back to the Supersonic era and long range super cruise!

Wired tells us that Concorde may be back
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-06/4/concorde-may-fly-again-for-2012-olympics
Except wasn't the real problem the cracks in the rear spar web structure of Concorde's wing. The Olympus engines are still in production so there should not be a problem overhauling them. We also seem to be back to 1950s 707/Comet journey times and speeds - and there is more time since the 707 came out than between the first 707 and the Wright flier. I see that there are supposed to be a new generation of low boom, high efficiency small supersonic passenger planes like the Aerion SBJ but its difficult to tell if they are just pipe-dreams. Some people claim that we don't need SSTs because we have the internet - but the same applied over 100 years ago - we don't need aeroplanes at all because we had telegrams to transmit information.

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