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Boe­ing has un­veiled a con­cept jet that will be ca­pa­ble of whisk­ing pas­sen­gers from New York to Lon­don at a blis­ter­ing Mach 5 - mak­ing it ca­pa­ble of cross­ing the pond in just two hours, in 15 or 20 years.

The hypersonic plane would fly al­most three times faster than the leg­endary Con­corde - which was de­com­mis­sioned in 2003 - and cruise at 95,000 feet, about 3,000 feet higher than its su­per­sonic pre­de­ces­sor.

The con­cept air­craft, which was un­veiled at the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Aero­nau­tics and Astro­nau­tics Avi­a­tion 2018 con­fer­ence in At­lanta, is part of a long-range de­vel­op­ment plan with both com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We’re ex­cited about the po­ten­tial of hypersonic tech­nol­ogy to con­nect the world faster than ever be­fore,” Kevin Bow­cutt, chief sci­en­tist of hy­per­son­ics at Boe­ing, said in a news re­lease.

“Boe­ing is build­ing upon a foun­da­tion of six decades of work de­sign­ing, devel­op­ing and fly­ing ex­per­i­men­tal hypersonic ve­hi­cles, which makes us the right com­pany to lead the ef­fort in bring­ing this tech­nol­ogy to mar­ket in the fu­ture.”

The swoop­ing, stream­lined air­craft will ac­com­mo­date more pas­sen­gers than a typ­i­cal long-range busi­ness jet, but will be smaller than Boe­ing’s pop­u­lar 737 nar­row- body air­liner.

But don’t plan on mak­ing reser­va­tions any­time soon - the jet is only ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in the late 2030s.

Ac­cord­ing to Boe­ing’s stud­ies, Mach 5 - five times the speed of sound, or al­most 4,000 mph - is the wa­ter­shed ve­loc­ity be­tween civil and most non­trans­port mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.

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