British Airways Jet Nearly Breaks SOUND BARRIER During Routine Flight
BY SEAN BROWN
A British Airways Boeing 777 making a routine run between two popular destinations accomplished an amazing feat when it reached near supersonic speeds speeds on Wednesday.
According to MailOnline, Flight 114 took off from New York’s JFK airport at 10:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport just five hours and 16 minutes later at 9:06 a.m. London local time. The trip would normally take over six hours, but the pilot took advantage of a powerhouse jet stream that propelled the plane to nearly break the sound barrier and cut over an hour off the trip.
The plane’s flight path was straight through a 200 mph tailwind that helped it reach speeds of up to 745 mph relative to ground speed, making it a supersonic run across the Atlantic. However, this wasn’t the only flight that made great time. Several other flights are reported to have made the trip in around five hours 20 minutes on Wednesday as well, due to the North Atlantic jet stream.
Either way, for a commercial air liner to reach speeds of 745 mph is quite the feat, and it had to be quite the experience for both the pilots and passengers.