This Plane Could Cross the Atlantic in Less Than an Hour

Kirstin Fawcett

Nostalgic for the Concorde? While the high-speed luxury plane once whisked passengers from North America to Europe in less than four hours, a new hypersonic aircraft called the Skreemr could potentially fly across the Pond at 10 times the speed of sound. 

Created by Canadian designer and engineer Charles Bombardier and concept rendering creator Ray Mattison, the futuristic plane is designed to carry 75 passengers from New York City to London in—get this—30 minutes. In a recent column in Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Bombardier detailed the Skreemr’s high-tech mechanics, explaining the electric launch system, rockets, and the liquid-oxygen burning propulsion system that could enable the plane to reach such shattering speeds.

While the travel possibilities seem endless, the Skreemr probably won’t be hitting a tarmac near you anytime soon. The jet’s engines are still being developed in China and the United States, and they'll most likely be employed for military purposes once they're finished.

Still fantasizing about flying to Paris for a long lunch and making it back to the U.S. in time for dinner? Learn more about the Skreemr in the video above.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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