New Superjet Will Fly From Coast-To-Coast In 2.5 Hours
Breakfast in New York and lunch in Los Angeles? No problem.
Last October, we had a discussion about the future for the speed of travel, in which I briefly presented the history of supersonic aviation where the Concorde was the flagship. In another article, I gave an overall comparison between two well known supersonic business jets, AS2 and Spike S-512.
However, the one that I’m about to introduce you today will apparently efface those examples.
N+2, a new supersonic jet that has been designed by US global aerospace engineers at Lockheed Martin, is claimed to make commercial flights from New York to L.A in about 2.5 hours. Moreover, it’s confirmed to extremely reduce the sonic boom, which is one of the major hurdles of commercial supersonic air travel. “To achieve revolutionary reductions in supersonic transportation airport noise, a totally new kind of propulsion system is being developed. We’re also exploring new techniques for low noise jet exhaust, integrated fan noise suppression, airframe noise suppression and computer customized airport noise abatement,” said Michael Bunanno, Lockheed Martin manager of the NASA N+2 program.
The new N+2 supersonic jet is most likely a smaller-size Concorde. It would accommodate 80 passengers thanks to a system of three engines: one on top of the aircraft and two tucked under the wings.
Lockheed Martin is continuously working on its project and expects it to be ready in 2025. It may seem far off, but tickets will sell quickly. Book now if you want a chance to be on the N+2’s maiden launch.
“There are no speed limits on the road to success” — David W. Johnson. It’s true to Lockheed Martin because the company recently tested an unmanned aircraft, the HTV-2, that goes over 13,000 MPH, which would equal a 12-minute flight between coast-to-coast.
Keep going Lockheed Martin!