quote: Fifty years after the first jetliners, forty years after Concorde, and we're still traveling at 550 mph in planes that Don Draper would instantly recognize
quote: My guess is that unless there is a new radical breakthrough in design, propulsion engineering, or fuel that can revolutionize the concept of flight such as significantly carry many more passengers, ridiculously reduce flight time, and streamline operations by minimizing costs, I think we're going to be stuck with sub-Mach 1 (>761 mph) plane speeds for a while.
quote: Fifty years after the first jetliners, forty years after Concorde, and we're still traveling at 550 mph in planes that Don Draper would instantly recognize.
quote: Sure, we're twice as efficient now, but that's really not all that exciting. If we compare the past 50 years of air travel with 50 years of ocean liners between 1880 and 1930 (shortly after steam power came into accepted use), ships went from 12 knots to 24 knots and then onto 31 knots with the Normandie and the Queen Mary... and they grew from 10k tons displacement to 80k tons displacement.
quote: It is a steaming pile of sh!te
quote: if you don't like the article, don't fucking read or comment.
quote: Planes today are 100% capable of doing a free-glide approach.
quote: and switching engines off sooner upon landing to for shorter landing distances.
quote: Because that's the only time the engines can get shut off... unless you shut off after touchdown and get towed to the terminal...
quote: It also looks at how to boost passenger journey times.