Supersonic Planes are Coming Back (And This Time, They Might Work) 

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Kendricks Miguel 9 hours ago
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James Dinius
James Dinius Day ago
You forgot the biggest challenge to these airlines: environmentalism. No matter what side your on or if you think it's a good or a bad thing you can't deny, they are likely gonna be shot down before they even get airborne. Even if they can travel comparable to today's fuel consumption, people will just say "Well you could use that tech for even more efficient subsonic flight, so you still aren't allowed to fly it"
Shian Day ago
I'm disapointed you didn't talk about the climate impact of the fuel consomption :/
Terence Hill
Terence Hill Day ago
What an idiot--would someone try to compare a Rolls-Royce to a crappy American passenger bus? Concorde was not a commercial success because the US Aviation industry, having failed to develop it's own SST, carried out a backstabbing, disruptive campaign of propaganda, bribery and threats against potential buyers and airports. When Concorde was planned (in 1956!) the transatlantic route was deemed the most important. Hindsight really is a perfect skill.
Gogeta70 2 days ago
At 0:35 it looks like the flight attendant spits on someone to her left... O_o
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lemard mays 2 days ago
Very nice.
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1chish 2 days ago
Your headline is insulting and inaccurate: "Supersonic Planes are Coming Back (And This Time, They Might Work)" The only supersonic aircraft ever to go into regular scheduled service was Concorde. And it did so successfully for 30 years. It was by far the safest passenger aircraft ever built and operated. Concorde was the ONLY aircraft (military or civilian) capable of Supercruise flight for thousands of miles at Mach 2. So it worked and worked very well. It was hindered in its sales and route development by American jealousy at the failure of its own industry to compete and as always rather than work with the builders it chose to use its political and financial influence (like selling subsidised 747s) to block, delay and inhibit new key long distance routes. It even tried to stop it entering US airspace. But it flew for 30 years. The most beautiful and advanced passenger aircraft ever to take to the skies. It was only defeated by 9/11 and French political cowardice.
Rascalap 2 days ago
Ah, Wendover, the curse of aircraft companies...
Bo Nidle
Bo Nidle 2 days ago
Concorde was a fantastic aircraft and a huge technical achievement in aviation history, not to mention one of the finest looking aircraft to take to the air. It would have been more successful if the Americans had not thrown their teddy’s out of the pram because they were beaten in the Super Sonic Transport race and restricted its use with BS environmental arguments. The same arguments that are now silent as it appears their SST is close to reality.
WOT Arty Noobs
WOT Arty Noobs 3 days ago
It's doubtful that any supersonic passenger airliner would succeed as both SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are already considering sub-orbital passenger services. SpaceX using their Starship and Virgin using their air-dropped rocket aircraft.
WOT Arty Noobs
WOT Arty Noobs 3 days ago
You really ought to research the Concorde story more closely. There's several videos about it where I've detailed the reasons why Concorde was retired. It was not unprofitable - quite the contrary. British Airways were bribed by the French Government to retire the aircraft early, as Air France were no longer willing to operate the aircraft due to maintenance issues which caused the crash. Under the agreement made between the French and British Governments when they started the Concorde project, if one side pulled out, the other side would still be responsible for paying their share of the project regardless of whether they fly the aircraft or not. The French Government were aware that Concorde could continue to fly for another 50 years or more (because the British aircraft were in such good condition) and the cost to the French could be in the $Trillions to maintain the British aircraft. So they made British an offer. They would supply a fleet of Airbus aircraft at cost - if only British Airways retired the Concorde early and refused to sell it to any other third party. British Airways agreed the deal and took delivery of hundreds of Airbus aircraft. Many firms have tried to purchase the Concorde to get them flying again. There are 3 that could fly. Two of these are British Airways aircraft and the third an Air France one - but no one will sell them, despite very generous offers. One of these Concordes is at Heathrow in flying condition, but it won't fly because British Airways would break the deal they made with the French. As for the accident at Paris, there were numerous factors which caused the crash. Most of these were nothing to do with the strip of metal on the runway. The maintenance engineer forgot to replace the spacers on the undercarriage on one side and the wheels were wobbling worse than a shopping trolley. The pilot in the aircraft behind the Concorde notified the tower that the wheels on the aircraft were wobbling dangerously, but his transmission was ignored and not passed on to the Concorde. The Pilot overloaded the plane. He was carrying too much weight because the passengers were on their way to a cruise ship, they had excess baggage and he did not want to leave behind their luggage. So he agreed to take all the suitcases which put him over the safe weight. The pilot decided to over fill the fuel tanks past the safe level. He took on much more fuel than was safe and this meant that the tanks had no air in them to allow for compression. He also decided to take off from an area of the runway that was under repair (to get a longer run up) and the tarmac damaged the undercarriage. When something hit the outside of the fuel tanks, the shock wave went through the pressurized tank and blew open the fuel ports which then flooded out at high speed and caught fire. Lastly - and this was the tragic one - the pilot did not use the extra afterburner setting to increase thrust after the fire started. There were 2 settings for the afterburners. They usually used the first setting for take off and when going through the sound barrier, but there was a second setting which was even higher thrust and if the pilot had used it, then the aircraft might not have stalled and crashed, but managed to circle back to land at the airport.
Jonathan 3 days ago
Imagine the noise pollution from "tolerable" sonic booms. There will be no escaping the noise pollution even in wild and secluded rural areas. This is horrible.
Jorge Manso
Jorge Manso 3 days ago
Give me a first-class seat( not service ) and forget about the time you need to get there...easier and cheaper to do?
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pako pepe fdez 3 days ago
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Nick G
Nick G 4 days ago
I get why they picked the name "Boom" because of "Sonic Boom", however picking a name that is also the onomatopoeia for an explosion might not be the best idea. It's sort of like starting a car company and naming it "Crash".
Lily C
Lily C 5 days ago
I’m sorry I really can’t stand the emphasized pauses I can’t finish the video lol
Lazer Benabba
Lazer Benabba 5 days ago
Concorde worked well enough, i's failure was do not to lack of deand but the the usual US manipulation to stifle any superior competition through phony concerns about noise over populated areas. The towns and people close to so many US military airbases are told to put or shut up.
Jeremy Thompson
Jeremy Thompson 5 days ago
All they have to do is get Jeff bezos to buy one and all the governments will change the laws.
Feelthefx 5 days ago
Please Stop Talking Like This
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John Griffith
John Griffith 5 days ago
Says USlift punishes them. Obviously doesn’t know how to clickbait.
Elliot Cannon
Elliot Cannon 6 days ago
Concorde would reach a max altitude of 60,000ft. What happens to everyone inside during a rapid decompression at that altitude?
Ama 6 days ago
R.I.P Aerion.
Cam Adams
Cam Adams 6 days ago
Great. So the super rich can exclusively benefit and continue to increase their carbon footprint. Love the engineering. I want it banned until the masses benefit. The rich have enough
yesshiro 6 days ago
are you the same guy from "Asian Boss"?
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Yvonne Paterson 6 days ago
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koekeritis 6 days ago
Though I love the technological marvel of supersonic flight I really don't see how we can justify such a terribly environmental unfriendly mode of transport in this day and age. Especially if it's only for the richest 1%. Sure, it might be economically sustainable, but it ain't even close to environmentally sustainable. Air travel is already one of the worst polluters, let alone the fuel innefficieny of supersonic. I just don't think this technology is justifiable at all.
I Identify as Vaccinated
Pipe dream lol. What a joke.
LionFromJam 6 days ago
'Boom'....that name just don't sit well with me....like naming a car company 'crash'..
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Nancy Rodriguez 6 days ago
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Joe Momma
Joe Momma 6 days ago
This is more cogent than many statements I've seen on USlift.
Emerald op
Emerald op 7 days ago
ha ha. boom go booom
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MrCoolSwimmer 7 days ago
THEREfuuuurgh xD
rebecca smith
rebecca smith 7 days ago
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nab Jhansson
nab Jhansson 7 days ago
The video started out talking about fuel efficiency, I feel like it forgot to address how the new generations fares...
spencer legresley
the quality of these videos keeps improving!
Weed... 7 days ago
6:02 Well, Concorde wasn't the firs supersonic passenger airplane. The first was the Soviet Tu-144, but they did some industrial spying in order to build it, and rushed it in order to boast that they built the first ever passenger airplane - every flight resulted in tens of mechanical failures.
John Doe
John Doe 7 days ago
This is a great news... But let's not bring the risks and deaths back!!! LOL
Draco Flame
Draco Flame 7 days ago
With as small, uncomfortable, and lakk of reclining seats. Ummm nooo i dont want long flight to get work donw
Mah Khi
Mah Khi 7 days ago
Lockerbie and Libya.
Mah Khi
Mah Khi 7 days ago
A few years ago when you told me about Concorde's return at £2000 for an economy Seat, I asked Why? An economy seat on a 747 costs only £500. Would you pay £1500 to save 4 hours. What you didn't tell me is that the London to New York route is over uncontrolled air space. So ba5tards shoot you down. Now, I understand why Branson is doing that Virgin Galactic research. Faster and Higher then lower the chance you'll get shot down.
Bob Tom
Bob Tom 5 days ago
Along with this, the fact that the airspace over the Atlantic is uncontrollled is pure bullshit, there’s always at least one US carrier strike group in there, and getting fucking shot down over one of the most trafficked places is unlikely as trump getting re-elected
Big-Ricky Games
Big-Ricky Games 7 days ago
he wasn't wrong
baylinkdashyt 7 days ago
And a couple weeks after that United signs a 12 airframe deal with BOOM.
Avi 7 days ago
This is trash
Keil Drescher
Keil Drescher 8 days ago
great vid. thx.
DonLuc23 Last
DonLuc23 Last 8 days ago
This guys voice is totally annoying..couldn't stand to listen to it
Dylan Zrim
Dylan Zrim 8 days ago
They didn’t work the first time because air travel was open to everyone and was too expensive... Now that air travel has become exclusive to the rich and powerful (alongside those who believe what the people above them say with no question) the conditions for profitable supersonic travel are optimal.
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Andrew abc 8 days ago
Has anyone heard this guy's natural voice? Any examples? I love his videos, but i find the naration style getting a little harder to bear.
dtranger 8 days ago
He makes great videos but speaks like the original captain James T. Kirk 😆
underwaterdick 8 days ago
Great video! Just one point, British Airways still operate a London City Airport - USA (possibly JFK off the top of my head) business class only flight. Every day I believe.
M1TGLIED 8 days ago
6:02 Actually the Tupolev Tu-144 was the worlds first supersonic passanger plane. That must be said ☝️🤓
RandomNumber 8 days ago
Honolulu seems like a perfect hub for these. Lots of flights from the continental US, Japan, Australia, etc., come though HNL, and they're all mainly over water.
James Dinius
James Dinius Day ago
Not really. Honolulu is a tourist hub, not a business hub. Passengers are too price sensitive and there likely isn't enough business travel to sustain a supersonic plane. They will just fly cheaper subsonic flights. Routes like LA to Tokyo are where the money is.
Northern Virtual Airlines
To be fair Concorde was profitable until 9/11 and the Air France crash. The majority of Concorde customers died in 9/11 and after AF a lot of people got put off flying Concorde and the expense of the upgrades made it unviable to continue.
Viktor Safar
Viktor Safar 8 days ago
How much do you really hear sonic boom when it happens 40,000 feet over your head though?
Andrew_8o8 8 days ago
Here after United ordered 15 Boom overtures with 35 more options
Pedro Henrique
Pedro Henrique 8 days ago
Time on planes can be productive, but flying fucking sucks so bad. It sucks less if you're on first class, at which point you're already paying a premium anyway, so might as well do so in exchange for a shorter flight.
Darth Troublous
Darth Troublous 8 days ago
6:10 what airport is that?
lontongstroong 9 days ago
Not gonna happen anytime soon. But it could definitely work in 10 years of time if they use non-fossil fuels that have to be significantly cheaper than avtur. Think something like renewable-derived hydrogen (or hydrogen carrier), which could effectively remove the cost rabid fluctuation barrier. Thankfully its cost has been plummeting due to extensive R&D investments, I think one decade is a realistic time frame to make it happen.
Jeff S
Jeff S 9 days ago
The vast amount of land has little to no population. They can go supersonic while over these areas. Even though sound travels, it can still be done with very little effect to people on the ground. Either way, I've heard many sonic booms in my life, and most thunder is way worse of a sound than a boom.
Crystal The Wolf
Crystal The Wolf 9 days ago
This is looking even more promising as United and Boom signed a contract last week
savagecub 9 days ago
With a range of only 4250nm I don’t see Boom Overture doing any trans pacific flying - even when considering great circle routing. That leaves the question of who’s gonna wanna pay extra to ride on a “fast” jet that has to stop for gas ? Kinda takes a lot of the prestige out of it for me anyway.
savagecub 8 days ago
@Stephen REALLY??? How long do you estimate the fuel stop will take ? Remember to add in the time for deceleration from supersonic, slowing to approach speed, landing, taxiing and then doing all that again in reverse to get back to cruise. Having flown trans pacific for a number of years I can assure you that many of the fuel stop destinations are truly in the middle of nowhere. That means if there’s any significant bad weather at the fuel stop you don’t have an alternate.
Stephen 8 days ago
The fuel stop really won't be a show stopper, it won't put off customers. People will be paying extra to fly supersonic for the time savings.. even with a fuel stop, the time savings delivered will be significant.
savagecub 9 days ago
As an airline employee I got to ride Concorde for $500 back in the day !
AirRaidJade 9 days ago
United Airlines just bought 15 Boom Overtures, with plans to enter them into service in 2029!
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 9 days ago
Oh, now I get it the stoopid title. NO! Civilian SST's are NOT coming back.
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 9 days ago
"coming back"? There have been more and more made since '47. What ARE you babbling on about? They never left nor diminished.
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John Radi
John Radi 9 days ago
I’m glad you talked about passenger productivity. Amtrak in the US did a similar study. They were focused on speed and reducing commute time between DC and NYC. What they discovered was that most people didn’t care about shaving time off the trip, they cared more about being able to use their time on the train. So Amtrak solved their problem by just including outlets to recharge laptops and free Wi-Fi.
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Mithil Aggarwal
Mithil Aggarwal 9 days ago
And Now United strikes a deal with Boom. Time to go supersonic
TigerChamp 99
TigerChamp 99 9 days ago
Well, United Airlines decided to go supersonic. You were right.
Tim H
Tim H 9 days ago
S Callaghan
S Callaghan 9 days ago
Keep these beasts out of the air until it's figured out how to minimize their impact on surrounding neighborhoods. I live near SFO and the endless drone of engines warming up and lining up for takeoff, even at really early morning hours, has been a topic of conversation and frustration for years. The pandemic was welcome for the reduction in flights.
Sonoran Gaming
Sonoran Gaming 10 days ago
Converting my motorcycle to jet fuel.
Adam Rogers
Adam Rogers 10 days ago
No boom. No thank you.
JPTech933 10 days ago
Don't know if it will work.. because renting private jet for those who can't fly commercial is quite close to first class pricing for the gang. If you are a celebrity or someone known.. for privacy reason you kinda have to fly private.
theshagger2012 oneleg
oh im sure elon musk will claim he has a faster electric plane that can go to the moon in 15 min then these politicians who are goo goo for e/vs will legislate these planes out of existence,as we all know the world has an unlimited amount of electricity so lets make everything electric trains ships rockets,oh wait musk has those and there NOT ELECTRIC
Tsuki Akurei
Tsuki Akurei 10 days ago
Your speech pattern through this entire video became extremely noticeable really fast. Sentence starts high pitched, tones down, then ends in three... delayed... words. "^word^ word word word word word... word word word... word word.... word word... word... word... word." Example: -these companies... just... might. -planes... over... land. -bans... need... to end. -into more... of a sonic... thump. -to a car... door... closing. -in very... rapid... succession. -two... rapid... booms. -of quiet... sonic... booms. xD It's so hard not to hear it now that I've noticed it
The Liamster
The Liamster 10 days ago
I’m excited to see United flying the Boom supersonic airplane in 2029. Hopefully I’ll even be able to get a ticket to fly from New York to London.
Emo Muzz
Emo Muzz 10 days ago
BIG Badda-booom!
Follow The Grow
Follow The Grow 10 days ago
Martin Ruiz
Martin Ruiz 10 days ago
Thats all possible, if the environment does'nt collapse before we think ..
Joshua Schemanski
Joshua Schemanski 10 days ago
$16,000 for a round trip ticket????
James Andrews
James Andrews 10 days ago
And then United makes a big Boom shortly after this video
Eric Mcdonald
Eric Mcdonald 11 days ago
Yea I disagree concorde was shutdown because no matter what unprofitable program they put it in , it still was able to turn a profit, big manufacturing saw that and wasn’t trying to compete
Michael James
Michael James 11 days ago
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luka :D
luka :D 11 days ago
Well... Aerion shut down...
Es Pr
Es Pr 11 days ago
This time they might work??? 🙄 they did before right!!
Matthew Brumbaugh
Matthew Brumbaugh 11 days ago
Omggggg find a new narrator please impossible to listen to.
Jimmy Daamen
Jimmy Daamen 11 days ago
4 weeks later, United made it real.
Default Cube
Default Cube 12 days ago
Are you going to hear a chainsaw that's 54000 feet high from the ground?
theralfinator 10 days ago
He said that the loudness of an airplane's sonic boom is perceived by an observer on the ground to be the same as that of running a chainsaw in his hand.
Default Cube
Default Cube 12 days ago
Aerion went well. :/
William Mitchell
William Mitchell 12 days ago
Aged well.