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Boeing Envisions The Silent Plane Of The Future

Boeing Envisions The Silent Plane Of The Future
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The company is developing a supersonic airliner concept, with mockups being tested in NASA wind tunnels.

Emma Hutchings
  • 2 may 2013

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.

Boeing’s Future Vision For Planes

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.

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