Spike’s S-512 private jet trades windows for HD tellies, flies to New York in three hours
WHENCONCORDEWASRETIREDFROM the skies in 2003, the future of commercial supersonic flight looked fairly dim. Yet there’s apparently still a market for a plane that can whisk you from London to New York City in three hours instead of eight, and US-based Spike Aerospace plans to fulfil that need with its S-512 jet, a super-luxe limo in the clouds.
The ultimate horizon-chaser, the S-512 can reach Mach 1.6 (1,770km/h) thanks to a revolutionary aerodynamic design that boasts a completely windowless cabin. This doesn’t mean no views, though, as a huge, curved HD display runs the entire length of the cabin, with live footage beamed from high-resolution cameras on the fuselage. Capable of carrying an 18-strong entourage, this future vision is still at the funding stage, but if impressed suits cough up, it could be navigating the heavens in four short years’ time. US $60 million, spikeaerospace.com, out 2018