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Boeing's "Transonic" Wings Will Carry Airliners to Nearly the Speed of Sound at Higher Altitudes

https://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/airlines/a25833379/boeing-transonic-wings/

The aviation giant is building an ultra-lightweight folding "transonic" wing, which Boeing says will allow larger planes to fly at higher altitudes while nearly scraping the speed of sound, which is consistent with the speed of many of today's airliners. The ultimate goal is to make long-haul flights seem more like medium-haul flights as the wings propel aircraft at speeds just below Mach 1.

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5 hours ago, arch stanton said:

Supersonic is expensive and hard to maintain. By the time the Concorde retired a round trip ticket was 5 figures 

SST first appeared in the 70s. you'd think they'd have found a way to reduce the costs by now.

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On 1/14/2019 at 9:29 AM, arch stanton said:

Supersonic is expensive and hard to maintain. By the time the Concorde retired a round trip ticket was 5 figures 

Increased fuel costs basically killed Concorde. The fatal Air France crash accelerated things, but the plane was already on its way out.

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