Boeing unveiled its concept for a hypersonic passenger plane at an aviation conference in Atlanta this week.
The aircraft manufacturer said the concept could have military or commercial uses and is “one of several hypersonic vehicle concepts spanning a wide range of potential applications company engineers are studying.” Boeing debuted the concept at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics aviation conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta this week.
Boeing’s chief scientist of hypersonics Kevin Bowcutt couldn’t speculate when hypersonic flight would be a reality but said “it’s possible a hypersonic passenger vehicle could be airborne in 20 to 30 years,” according to a written statement.
It has been nearly 15 years since the supersonic Concorde passenger plane was retired, after a 2000 crash near Paris shortly after takeoff. The Concorde could fly from London to New York in three-and-a-half hours.