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

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Ryan Kathi
Ryan Kathi Hour ago
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Theodore P.
Theodore P. 8 hours ago
Hopefully they will never come back. It's funny how people talk about the price tag not being so bad while completely disregarding the impact on the environment. Plus, the public would not benefit from it. Only the super rich. They can shove their planes up their you know what.
No Clue What I'm Doing
It was this video that I realized...I haven't been subscribed. I'm so disappointed in myself :'(
So. Many. Pauses.
Niko Vandenput
Wendover production be like : Made a video about pandemics : pandemic occurred Made a video about supersonic flights : United bought boom supersonic please just don't make a video about World War III that's all im asking
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Vange Cruz
Vange Cruz Day ago
As2 it's not a Concorde but it is a teijet bc 3 engines
Autodidactic Artisan
What if they just engineer the planes to fly up so high that the noise mostly disperses in the atmosphere by the time it reaches the ground
beachcomber 2 days ago
Air France and BA didn't really refuse to sell their Concordes. Instead, the airframers, Aerospacial and BAE, refused to continue making spare parts for them, as tends to happen with an airframe you stopped making 30 years before. Richard Branson's offer for Virgin to buy them was just a publicity stunt. Unworkable. And the "small sum" each airline paid for their 7 ships? Try £7 and Fr7. These birds were literally given to the airlines because they didn't want them.
Allez Venga
Allez Venga 2 days ago
Thanks for your sharing
Arthur Zettel
Arthur Zettel 3 days ago
If an engineer can figure out how to go Supersonic. Then that engineer can figure a way minize the Sonic Booms to almost non-existence. You just have to think outside the box.
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george carpenter 3 days ago
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RMAGGR 3 days ago
They can piss off with these. Supersonic passenger jets are an absurdly elitist intention huge noise pollution. I hope all three those companies fail and their founders and investors all lose lots of money.
Junde Liu
Junde Liu 3 days ago
I wonder if the new aircraft also featured the dropped snoot design.
Drew Lederer
Drew Lederer 4 days ago
haha showing shots of Aspen when talking about billionairs.
Miguel Ruiz
Miguel Ruiz 4 days ago
It would be awesome if they came back.
RokSimmer (gal4God)
Concord was awesome!!!
Trafulgoth 5 days ago
I wonder if it's possible to design an aircraft to shape or direct the sonic boom. It would be really convenient if you could make a really loud boom pointed at space and not bother the ground.
Cameron Oliver
Cameron Oliver 5 days ago
The real reason concorde stopped is because the Americans failed to make a supersonic jet and banned concorde in their airspace just after scrapping their own programme.
Claudiu Gardelli
Claudiu Gardelli 5 days ago
Idk what you are saying there, but curiosity steam is 9.99 (nobody wants HD only.) There's no smart tv app. For comprising, I pay way less for RUvid premium (family plan.)
Omega501 5 days ago
I highly doubt that the resurgence of supersonic planes will be widespread and economically sound. While it is true that more millionaires are being generated at an unprecedented rate, people are also getting poorer and poorer. All the millionaires in the world still make up less than 1% of the total population, yet they believe they make up a higher percentage because the internet acts as a echo chamber for entitled people, so they believe the wealth they posses is widespread. It isn't. I have no doubt that when supersonic jets come around again, they will be as unaffordable for 99.9999% of the population as they were when they first came out. Poor people still exist, and we still make up 99% of the population. Only the most privileged people will be able to enjoy this. Of course, they don't feel privileged because they only make a few hundred thousand a year, while most people consider it lucky to make 50k a year..
Ceazerleo 5 days ago
This channel is impressive
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Kendricks Miguel 6 days ago
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James Dinius
James Dinius 6 days 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 7 days ago
I'm disapointed you didn't talk about the climate impact of the fuel consomption :/
Terence Hill
Terence Hill 7 days 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 7 days ago
At 0:35 it looks like the flight attendant spits on someone to her left... O_o
lemard mays
lemard mays 8 days ago
Very nice.
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Omega Pinkerton 8 days ago
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1chish 8 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 8 days ago
Ah, Wendover, the curse of aircraft companies...
Bo Nidle
Bo Nidle 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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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Patrick Garcia 9 days ago
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Nick G
Nick G 10 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 11 days ago
I’m sorry I really can’t stand the emphasized pauses I can’t finish the video lol
Lazer Benabba
Lazer Benabba 11 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 11 days ago
All they have to do is get Jeff bezos to buy one and all the governments will change the laws.
Feelthefx 11 days ago
Please Stop Talking Like This
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Brandon Demetrius 11 days ago
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John Griffith
John Griffith 11 days ago
Says RUvid punishes them. Obviously doesn’t know how to clickbait.
Elliot Cannon
Elliot Cannon 11 days ago
Concorde would reach a max altitude of 60,000ft. What happens to everyone inside during a rapid decompression at that altitude?
Ama 11 days ago
R.I.P Aerion.
Cam Adams
Cam Adams 12 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 12 days ago
are you the same guy from "Asian Boss"?
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koekeritis 12 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 12 days ago
'Boom'....that name just don't sit well with me....like naming a car company 'crash'..
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Nancy Rodriguez 12 days ago
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Joe Momma
Joe Momma 12 days ago
This is more cogent than many statements I've seen on RUvid.
Emerald op
Emerald op 13 days ago
ha ha. boom go booom
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MrCoolSwimmer 13 days ago
THEREfuuuurgh xD
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rebecca smith 13 days ago
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nab Jhansson
nab Jhansson 13 days ago
The video started out talking about fuel efficiency, I feel like it forgot to address how the new generations fares...
beachcomber 2 days ago
Answer: just as badly. Concorde had very efficiently engines because supersonic inlets and nozzles are so efficient. The reason it was such a gas guzzler is that airframe drag is inherently so high at supersonic speeds
spencer legresley
spencer legresley 13 days ago
the quality of these videos keeps improving!
Weed... 13 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 13 days ago
This is a great news... But let's not bring the risks and deaths back!!! LOL
Draco Flame
Draco Flame 13 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 13 days ago
Lockerbie and Libya.
Mah Khi
Mah Khi 13 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 10 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 13 days ago
he wasn't wrong
baylinkdashyt 13 days ago
And a couple weeks after that United signs a 12 airframe deal with BOOM.
Avi 13 days ago
This is trash
Keil Drescher
Keil Drescher 13 days ago
great vid. thx.
DonLuc23 Last
DonLuc23 Last 13 days ago
This guys voice is totally annoying..couldn't stand to listen to it
Dylan Zrim
Dylan Zrim 13 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 14 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 14 days ago
He makes great videos but speaks like the original captain James T. Kirk 😆
underwaterdick 14 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 14 days ago
6:02 Actually the Tupolev Tu-144 was the worlds first supersonic passanger plane. That must be said ☝️🤓
RandomNumber 14 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 6 days 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 14 days ago
How much do you really hear sonic boom when it happens 40,000 feet over your head though?
Andrew_8o8 14 days ago
Here after United ordered 15 Boom overtures with 35 more options
Pedro Henrique
Pedro Henrique 14 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 14 days ago
6:10 what airport is that?
lontongstroong 14 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 15 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 15 days ago
This is looking even more promising as United and Boom signed a contract last week
savagecub 15 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 14 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 14 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 15 days ago
As an airline employee I got to ride Concorde for $500 back in the day !
AirRaidJade 15 days ago
United Airlines just bought 15 Boom Overtures, with plans to enter them into service in 2029!
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 15 days ago
Oh, now I get it the stoopid title. NO! Civilian SST's are NOT coming back.
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 15 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 15 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 15 days ago
And Now United strikes a deal with Boom. Time to go supersonic
TigerChamp 99
TigerChamp 99 15 days ago
Well, United Airlines decided to go supersonic. You were right.
Tim H
Tim H 15 days ago
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