Can a plane travel twice the speed of sound at an almost silent speed? Well Lockheed Martin certainly thinks so, and have invested $2.5billion USDs in making it possible. Lockheed's special SkunkWorks unit is designing a 12-seater private jet capable of travelling at speeds of up to 1200mph. If you compare this to a Boeing 767's speed of 560mph, you start to see the difference. The 130 foot long jet is being designed for the SAI. The jet is targeted at wealthy business execs, important diplomats and the US president. Did I just say that? Yep! There are unconfirmed rumours that the whitehouse has pre-ordered on of these planes to carry the president around the world while he surveys the mass destruction his country has caused because of global warming, while at the same time worsening the problem.
Picture from Wired News.