Boeing Envisions The Silent Plane Of The Future
The company is developing a supersonic airliner concept, with mockups being tested in NASA wind tunnels.
Planes of the future could reach supersonic speeds while making minimal noise if Boeing‘s futuristic-looking concept is anything to go by. The company is developing a supersonic airliner concept called the Icon II, with mockups being tested recently in a wind tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.
Engadget reports that the plane’s V-tail design moves sonic booms further back, shielding people below from noise and controlling the shockwaves. It’s top-mounted engines work to isolate engine noise.
Boeing notes that the Icon II concept can carry 120 passengers in a two-class, single-aisle interior, and can cruise at Mach 1.6 to Mach 1.8 with a range of about 5,000 nautical miles. The company is ultimately hoping to produce a passenger aircraft that is able to discreetly fly over land at supersonic speeds.