The fact that we know how to build 10-lane freeways, supersonic transports
, high-speed rails, or ultramodern cable-stayed bridges to replace fuddy-duddy highways, conventional passenger jets, diesel trains, and suspension bridges does not necessarily mean that we should.
Spare parts made for the needlenosed jet - the world's first and only commercial supersonic transport
- are to be auctioned in Toulouse in late September.
However, the American company, which also ditched plans for a supersonic transport
, has really stolen a march on its European competitor by coming up with the design for an all-new, medium-sized, long haul jet, the 787 Dreamliner.
In the conference room of JAXA's Aerospace Research Center's Aerodrom Branch, Director of the Supersonic Transport
JAXA envisions developing a supersonic transport
airplane to hold about 300 passengers, with flight speeds double that of current subsonic transport aircraft to meet the increasing needs of international business and travel in the 21st century.
For example, there is no high-speed, large capacity supersonic transport
under development (that I know of) for commercial service by 2010.
Aircraft designers have used that wing architecture to create extra lift in some fighter jets and the now-retired supersonic transport
Back in the '60s, Fairbanks International Airport was the cold-weather test location for the Anglo/French Supersonic Transport
. Many local old-timers still remember the aircraft's pointy nose sticking out of the airfield's then-largest hangar.
Flying for the first time in September 1964, the XB-70 lasted fewer than five years and logged just over 250 total hours--mostly in testing and later researching the practicality of supersonic flight by large aircraft, including duty as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration test subject for an American supersonic transport
. Surprisingly few pages (and no new photographs) in the book are devoted to the dramatic and tragic midair collision of 1966 that claimed the second of the two aircraft built.
In the USA, the Supersonic Transport
ad hoc Review Committee set up by President Richard Nixon reported that by raising the humidity in the upper atmosphere, supersonic transport
'would alter the radiation balance and thereby possibly affect the general circulation of atmospheric components'.
Last night, the team behind the plane were still unsure why Japan's National Experimental Supersonic Transport
separated from its rocket at the Woomera rocket testing range.
Congress launched OTA in 1972 after a slew of acrid debates on topics ranging from the antiballistic missile treaty to DDT to supersonic transport
. Frustrated lawmakers suddenly realized they had nowhere to shop for unbiased information, fully independent from the executive branch.