Billionaire Sir Richard Branson wants to produce a supersonic plane that could take you to the other side of the world faster than your morning commute to work. He told CNBC, “If we get it right, New York to Tokyo could be less than an hour.”
The now retired Concord, one of the fastest commercial planes in history, went 1,330 miles per hour. The supersonic plane could possibly travel at 19,000 miles per hour.
Considering Branson’s current project, the idea of a plane that could get you from New York to Tokyo in an hour seems completely plausible. Branson is the man behind Virgin Galactic, the project that aims to make commercial flights to space possible. The project was inspired during an interview when a young caller asked Branson if he would like to go into space. He replied, “There could be nothing nicer. If you’re building a spacecraft I’d love to come with you on it.”
The spacecraft Branson is building is nearly complete, and hundreds of people have reserved their spot on it. After he is finished with the space project, Branson will focus on the supersonic planes that he hopes will be ready for flight in his lifetime.