Flying the Hyper Skies
A little airplane called the Hyper-X has broken the speed record for jet aircraft.
By Sorcha McDonagh, 00:00 AM April 6, 2004
A little airplane has given new meaning to the term "going hyper."
The Hyper-X recently broke the record for air-breathing jet planes when it traveled at a hypersonic speed of seven times the speed of sound. That's about 5,000 miles per hour. At this speed, you'd get around the world—flying along the equator—in less than 5 hours.
Powered by its scramjet engines (shown in gold), the black, unmanned X-43A flew at a record speed for an air-breathing jet plane. The experimental plane is only 1...
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