Supersonic 747

 
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

Tailwind in a Jetstream. Not really supersonic.

Incidentally, there's only been one instance of a subsonic airliner being intentionally flown supersonic. A Douglas DC-8 in 1961:

https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/i-was-there-when-the-dc-8-went-supersonic-27846699/

Tough old bird those DC-8s...
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Misleading thread title. From the article:
Despite travelling faster than the speed of sound the plane would not have broken the sonic barrier as it was helped along by fast-moving air.
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  ANR Deputy Commissioner

Yeah, the title was a bit click baity. But it was definitely fast to take 2 hours off the trip time.

I guess it wasn't entirely done under the 747's own steam.

I will miss this aircraft when it is eventually retired. I think Lufthansa is the only airline with the latest 747s.

Nice product differentiation on their part.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Yeah, the title was a bit click baity. But it was definitely fast to take 2 hours off the trip time.

I guess it wasn't entirely done under the 747's own steam.

I will miss this aircraft when it is eventually retired. I think Lufthansa is the only airline with the latest 747s.

Nice product differentiation on their part.
ANR
...and the return trip too how long?

Agree, it is kind of sad as they are retired and cut up. Fairly unique plane compared to the standard twin jets replacing it.
  milanio Beginner

So great to see something like this as these old girls are being phased out Smile

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