Supersonic travel has seen its fair share of ups and downs, from the launch and retirement of the Concorde to advancements in Fighter Jet capabilities. Although some people say the supersonic flight is the future, Supersonic Jets have a harrowing effect on the environment and our surroundings.
One of the reasons the Concorde failed, was that it was not viable and safe to fly anywhere besides over the Atlantic. Overland, a Sonic Booms Effects can last for miles, and can often cause structural damage to buildings. A study was conducted in 1971 right around the announcement of the Boeing 2707 sonic jet. The study involved fighter jets regularly breaking the sound barrier over Oklahoma City. Of the 500,000 residents, there were about 15,000 complaints about noise, shaking, etc. There were also about 10,000 claims of structural damage, including broken windows, crack formation, and shaking from the Sonic Boom.
We do not need Sonic Travel Today. If the sonic planes can only travel over the ocean, there will be less demand. This is another reason the Concorde Failed, why travel in a cramped seat for 4 hours, when you could spend the same money on an overnight flight in business class on a regular jet and get some sleep and be ready for the next day. It doesn’t make any sense. From a tourist point of view, sure take this once in a lifetime opportunity, but if you are flying regularly back and forth over the Atlantic, something more comfortable would most likely be better. Most of the airlines’ money comes from business class, and these business travelers would most likely prefer the overnight flight.
Many companies such as Boom Supersonic and Boeing are starting to look back at supersonic travel as an option. I do not feel that now is the time but at the proposed launch in early 2020’s to late 2040’s who knows? Maybe we will live in a different world.
Boeing Hypersonic Concept:
Boom Supersonic Concept
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DJ’s Aviation. “Boeing Unveil Hypersonic Jet Concept”. Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. June 28, 2018.
Paul N. Borsky. “Community Reactions To Sonic Booms In The Oklahoma City Area”. NORC. January 1965.
Wendover Productions. “Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster”. Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. February 28, 2017.