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Fastest Supersonic Jet Will Be Unveiled at Farnborough International Airshow

Jun. 26th, 2012 | Comments 21 | Make a Comment   
Day-long plane trips may soon be a thing of the past with a new, supersonic luxury air jet prototype that is getting ready to debut. In a collaborative effort between NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream the aviation concept is set to be unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow in England during July. According to reports by Gulfstream, the jet would be able to fly more than 2,485 miles per hour— nearly four times faster than Gulfstream’s G650, which is currently the company's fastest jet clocking in at 646 miles per hour.

The jet is aimed to target the business jet market and will be the first supersonic commercial passenger airliner should its assembly be undertaken. The Sunday Times said that "Lighter composite materials, more advanced engines and smaller fuselages could enable new jets to travel about twice as fast as Concorde, which flew at up to 2187 km/h." This capability will allow the new supersonic jet to fly from London to Sydney in a mere four hours. As of now, the trip takes about 23 hours.

According to engineers, the jet, named X-54, will make a sound like a “puff or plop,” instead of the sound associated with the sonic boom, which was one of the Concorde’s largest obstacles. The sonic boom grounded the experimental craft in November of 2003. A full-sized, functional model of the X-54 will not be available until 2030.

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21 Comments on this Article

rdk36532 commented on December 21, 2012

I imagine the plane fare will be equally exciting.

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Rebecca Rhom-Robbins commented on December 6, 2012

The SR-71 and the Concord were both retired. Why another supersonic aircraft? Personally, if I had to fly, it would be the only way to go. I just wonder why. Is it more fuel efficient? Hmm.

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Robert commented on December 5, 2012

Great, pandering to the rich and greedy. The money spent on a single aircraft could go a long way to eliminating poverty in many nation of the world and regaining dignity. We as a society need to prioritize our needs and regain or Christian values.

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don commented on December 3, 2012

the SR 71 ,Blackbird, top speed is classified. It is so fast the wings turned red hot. That is why it was made out of titanium. aluminum would lose strength at those temperatures. ( X Lockheed employee)

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Len commented on December 3, 2012

Continued: The Dragon II will land at De Gaulle after leaving the International Space Station and a pilot and six passengers will stand on the tarmac. By 2030, sub orbital flight will be common while the ISS will be transformed from a white Elephant to a cash cow as it becomes the premier destination site of the super rich.

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Len commented on December 3, 2012

Expect to see a spacecraft landing at the Paris Airshow in 2017, the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. It will be the SpaceX Dragon II landing backwards using it's onboard thrusters (Propulsive landing).

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Evol Syawla commented on November 29, 2012

Kevin Pratt-please, please just do a Google for anything you are about to comment on before you do. For christs sake, you are on the Internet!!! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/business/global/french-court-overturns-conviction-in-concorde-crash.html?_r=0 The crsh that grounded the COncorde was not even in 2003, the Concorde "crashed in flames shortly after taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport on July 25, 2000" ..."The crash helped bring an end to the plane's commercial operations, which had become a financial burden for Air France and British Airways. Both took the Concorde out of service in 2003."" Dude, the least you could do was to RTFArticle!!! http://dvice.com/archives/2012/06/boeing-gulfstre.php "The X-54 will be the first of three supersonic models being developed by the partnership. The medium sized business jet is expected to debut in 2020, with larger commercial versions to follow in 2030 and 2035." But lest I be found to be foolish, please provide your source of information that the X-54 was grounded in 2003! You absolutely must be a Republican and this don't even have anything to do with politics:( You should apologize to LarryB!

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Vietnam Luxury Travel commented on November 28, 2012

wonderful force. This capability will allow the new supersonic jet to fly from London to Sydney in a mere four hours. As of now, the trip takes about 23 hours. This is an amazing thing for human being

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Roger commented on November 26, 2012

I read the story. It is misleading and contains inaccuracies. I went back to look at the aircraft conceptual photo. It's not even a passenger jet. It appears to me that it is a combat jet. The demise of the Concord was caused by an unfortunate crash, not the sonic booms. Even the crash was not so much the blame of the Concord itself. It was from debris on the runway from a previous takeoff which caused a rupture in the Concords fuel tank. At least to the best of my memory. I could do a better job of writing. What does the job pay?

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LarryB commented on November 26, 2012

Kevin Pratt , you couldn't be more wrong on all accounts. As the story was ORIGINALLY WRITTEN, http://luxuryfeed.com/pages/5008127-fastest-supersonic-jet-will-unveiled-farnborough they claimed exactly what I copied and pasted into my comments... "Gulfstream's new G650.. the world's fastest supersonic jet ... 646 miles per hour." You would have known that if you had bothered reading the JustLuxe archives, but no, you had to show the rest of us what a fool you are. And no, it wasn't the X54 that was grounded in 2003, a flying X54 hasn't even been built yet. You would have known that had YOU read the article. And yes, it was the Concorde that was grounded in 2003 and no, it wasn't because of the sonic boom. Just like I wrote. Hate to bust your bubble. The nerve of some people...

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William commented on November 24, 2012

Hmmm, first...why don't they show a conceptual picture of the aircraft instead of a Dassault Mirage? The speed is impressive but equal that of the retired SR-71 / A-12 / YF-12 "official" maximum speed......By 2030, scramjets "should" be somewhat standard for high speed use. There have been a huge amount of "What Ifs" allready for hypersonic and supersonic modern passenger aircraft. Not the least being the NASP ( National Aerospace Plane of the 80s......This I feel will be another.

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edward williams commented on November 18, 2012

Whats with the misleading picture?

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Alex Estrada commented on November 9, 2012

It's pretty ....

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Seth T Wilson commented on November 7, 2012

WTF? Maybe, 18 years from now, you might, if you're lucky, be able to possibly fly from London to Sydney in 4 hours, *IF* this plane goes into production, which is unlikely. How is this type of futuristic speculation relevant to ANYTHING?

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Alex Kovnat commented on October 1, 2012

Here's another high-tech business aircraft I'd like to see: Something whose cruise speed might not be all that high, let's say 250 miles per hour or so, but which will be able to take off and land without thousands of feet of runway. Eurocopter is testing something called the X3, which uses a main rotor plus two side propellers to reach speeds as high as 230 knots, or ~260 miles per hour. That's not as fast as a jet, but it can land and take off from any clearing a big helicopter like the Sikorsky S-76 can use. There is also the AW-609, which is a tiltrotor like the V-22 Osprey.

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Alex Kovnat commented on October 1, 2012

A problem with supersonic jets like the one above is, their fuel consumption in proportion to payload and range will be much higher than the business jets we now have

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LarryB commented on September 15, 2012

"Gulfstream's new G650.. the world's fastest supersonic jet ... 646 miles per hour. " Problem is that 646 MPH isn't supersonic. "the sonic boom.. one of the Concorde's largest obstacles... grounded the experimental craft in November of 2003.." The Concorde wasn't experimental, and the sonic boom wasn't what grounded it. However they got the year right , 2003. Who writes this c*ap?

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Kevin Pratt commented on November 7, 2012

LarryB, Please read the article again!! It's say's that the new plane is like 4 times faster then the new G650, and the Concorde only flu between London and New York City because of the Sonic Boom. Lastly it was the X-54 that was grounded in 2003. Before you write a comment about an article make sure you understand the article first, because it is your writing that is c*ap!!!!!!!

Joel Rambaud commented on September 12, 2012

At Boeing pace today you can add another 20 years at todays pace before the prototype is launched , with NASA involvement another 10 .....for paper work and bureaucrats .

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Paul commented on June 26, 2012

Whoopee! Not available until 2030? Why even write an article on a product that won't improve anyone's lives for almost 20 years?

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vision20 commented on June 26, 2012

I don't think they ever should have grounded the Concorde. In any case, supersonic air travel really needs to be a reality today.

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