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Why are airplanes slower than they used to be? - Alex Gendler

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Channel: TED-Ed
Categories: Physics   |   Science   |   Technology  
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Why arent commercial flights getting faster? Dig into the technological and environmental problems facing supersonic flight.

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In 1996, a British Airways plane flew from New York to London in a record-breaking two hours and fifty-three minutes. Today, however, passengers flying the same route can expect to spend no less than six hours in the air twice as long. So why, in a world where everything seems to be getting faster, have commercial flights lagged behind? Alex Gendler details the problems facing supersonic flight.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Zedem Media.

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