Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

CNN Money covers news from Tokyo saying Japan, U.S. to develop supersonic aircraft. The new Mach 2 technology is a joint effort between Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, several Japanese firms, NASA, and Boeing. The supersonic technology is expected to be ready in 14 years, by 2020, according to the CNN headline.

Little margin for error at such high speeds should create new challenges for commercial pilots and air traffic controllers. But passengers will probably enjoy flight times cut in half. Currently, if a large passenger plane catches a tailwind, speeds above 600 mph can thrust passengers from Los Angeles to New York in five hours. Imagine doubling the speeds at the same altitudes–a national flight from LA to NY could take two-and-a-half hours or less. Some people commute that long to work every morning.