The future of travel is (almost) here. It has the potential to rock the travel industry to its core and will change the way we travel forever. Hypersonic travel is set to revolutionise global air travel and could see flights from Sydney to London taking just two hours, shaving a huge 21 hours off this famously long journey. Australian and US military scientists have joined forces on the project which is on track to launch in 2018 after a recent test proved successful.
The latest trial engine hit the target speed of Mach 7.5 (the equivalent of 5760 miles per hour or 9269 kilometres per hour) – more than seven times the speed of sound. For a jet to classify as hypersonic, it must travel at a minimum of Mach 5 or five times the speed of sound. The trial was conducted in Australia at the largest land testing site in the world using a supersonic combustion engine.
It might sound like something out of a movie, but this futuristic flight has the potential to change the way we travel forever. It’s huge news and an incredible advance in aviation, an industry which has come a long way in Australia since the first flight from Sydney all the way back in 1920. While we try to wrap our heads around this latest aviation technology, we thought we’d take a look back on the evolution of flights and airlines in Australia to see just how far we’ve come.