Do you remember Concorde? A Supersonic high class business jet which was one of the favored ways to fly quickly from Europe to United States. This supersonic liner was developed by was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale from France and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). The first flight was conducted in 1969 and the last flight was in 2003. Since 2003 there were no supersonic flights in the civilian airline market.
In the 1991, Gulfstreem and Sukhoi joined to develop and produce S-21, a supersonic private jet for the needs of the super rich people which have everything except the time. After few years of development and some serious money spend, Gulfstreem quietly get out of the partnership and Sukhoi continued to work on the project with the less enthusiasm than before… Later Sukhoi developed Sukhoi Superjet 100 which is excellent platform for large cabin private jets in order to compete in the corporate and luxury liners market.
The big news for all who desire to taste supersonic flights is that Boston-based engineering firm Spike Aerospace have a project called Spike S-512. This project will bring a several version of one supersonic jet which will be capable to take 12-18 passengers on the supersonic flights.
Spike S-512 will fly from New York to Paris and several others European Capitols in less than 5 hours which is 50% of the time needed if you fly with the commercial flights available at this moment. Spike S-512 will be capable to reach the speed of Mach 1.8 which is 1900 km per hour.
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