The last Concorde flight was in November 2003, and with it came the end of commercial supersonic flights. The dream is not dead though, with certain aerospace firms looking into reviving the fastest way to travel, with Lockheed Martin leading the pack with their aircraft, the N+2.
Capable of flying 80 people from New York to Los Angeles in two and a half hours (a little under half as long as it normally takes) Lockheed have been working with NASA and Boeing to find a way to quieten the constant roaring sound that follows these types of planes as they break the sound barrier. Between them, they believe they may find a solution to the problem by 2022, so don’t go booking your tickets just yet.
Plus, those tickets will probably cost thousands of euro per flight – for example, London to New York on Concorde back in 1999 was around €3,500, so adjust for inflation and we’re probably talking around €5,000 per person – but can you really put a price on breaking the sound barrier for several hours, in first class? Yes, you can, and that price is around €5,000.