BURBANK, Calif.--Sometime in the 1970s, passengers will be flying in America's supersonic airliner at 1800 miles an hour.
BURBANK, Calif.--Sometime in the 1970s, passengers will be flying in America's supersonic airliner at 1800 miles an hour. Lockheed hopes to build it.
World air travel time will be cut in half. Flight time from Los Angeles to New York--two hours. New York to Paris or London--two and one-half hours. Los Angeles to Tokyo--five and one-half hours.
Today Lockheed showed a full-size mockup of its SST design, a project on which the company has been at work for more than ten years--in engineering studies, wind tunnel tests laboratory development.
This country's supersonic transport will be built of titanium--the strong but lightweight metal which withstands the high temperatures involved in supersonic flight.
This wooden mockup--an engineering tool--duplicates exactly details of Lockheed's design. The double-delta wing, a distinguishing feature, exploits airflow over its vast area--nearly 9500 square feet--to achieve unusual lift for the relatively-low speeds of landing and takeoff, making the plane virtually stall-proof.
The streamlined needle-nose is lowered for maximum pilot visibility on landing and takeoff, and is raised for high-speed flight.
Despite its size--nearly the length of a football field at 273 feet--the SST will operate from the same airfields as today's subsonic jets.
New concepts of interior design are among the features being developed in the Lockheed mockup. Designs call for as many as 266 passengers.