For the technological world’s forward-thinkers, “fast and furious” is a mantra to live by. Take it from China’s brand new railway, hightailing at 350 km per hour, and America’s first bullet train. While both have graced earthly grounds with their impeccable speed, Boeing is taking it to the skies. Valkyrie II is a groundbreaking hypersonic aircraft that can circle the globe in just 1 – 3 hours, aimed for launch in 10 – 20 years.
“This particular concept is for a military application that would be targeted for an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, and strike capabilities.” … said Kevin Bowcutt, Senior Technical Fellow of hypersonics.
The strike jet uses shockwaves to increase lift and run quicker than pretty much any moving object on the planet. To put things into perspective, Valkyrie II is 2.5 times the speed of an actual bullet.
“It’s more than twice as fast as the Concorde. So basically you can get anywhere in the world in one hour across the Atlantic, two hours across the Pacific – pretty much anywhere between two points in one-to-three hours.”
Sure, the airliner won’t launch commercially, but there’s no harm in hoping it will. I wouldn’t mind jetting off to Guam for a weekend.