Supersonic jet yours for only $67 million

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Billed as the world’s ‘first supersonic business jet’, a new aircraft promises to cut travel times in half – but it comes with a hefty price tag.

Created by a team of Boston-based engineers, the Spike Aerospace S-512 aircraft will reportedly reach Mach 1.6 with a top speed of 1,100 mph (1770 km/h).

The team spent the last two years designing the personal jet, drawing on skills and expertise gained from working at Gulfstream, Eclipse and Airbus.

There are no definite figures, but it’s estimated to be around $60 million (A$67 million) to $80 million (A$89 million).

Designed to carry between 12 and 18 passengers in the lap of luxury, the S-512 will be capable of flying New York to London in just 3 hours, while LA to Tokyo will take a cool 5 hours.

“It will save passengers time so they can explore more of the world,” the company said.

“Wouldn’t you love to go hiking in New Zealand for the weekend, or fly to Paris for lunch? The supersonic jet will let you do more, faster.”

Sounds good, but you’ll have to wait a while before getting your hands on one. The jet won’t be ready for take-off until December 2018.

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It also has another hurdle to cross… and it’s a big one.

Despite impressive engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned supersonic flight over the United States, making popular flight routes such as LA to New York unlikely in the near future.

NASA and Boeing are currently trying to develop supersonic aircraft of their own to reduce the noise – or boom – that the jets make when breaking the sound barrier.

Source: travel.yahoo.com

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