Re: NEWS: Supersonic failure?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 04:19:37 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 11:36 PM 4/23/01 +0100, J Corbally wrote:
> >>Keep on packing your paperbacks when you are taking a long-haul flight
> >>because supersonic planes are never going to take off.

Perhaps we should resurrect the old proposals for underground tubes
linking major cities. The tubes are denuded of as much air as possible
to lower resistance and mag-leve trains are run in them. If it could be
made to work the cost after building the system would be substantially
less per passenger/mile and the velocity attained would be much higher.

Any thoughts on what (besides all the environmental roadblocks) is wrong
with such an idea?

- samantha

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