Back in 1998-1999, the Japanese were interested in creating a new SST jet that had longer range than the concorde with new two-men glass cockpits. Whatever happened to this? I heard that the speed was supposed to above the concorde and it was to be designed to be capable of linking NRT-LAX in four hours or so.
B4 all the bashing begins, I know that thinking from the term of profit maximization, this is impossible and no way this would benefit any airliners. But then why did they come up with this 'ridiculous' plan anyway?
When it comes to jet aircraft, its strange. The 747 came out 35 years ago on the market and the speed of air-travel has never changed when certain vehicles (cars, buses) have become more efficient and a a bit faster. So in the current era, the speed of air-travel is restricted to below the speed of sound in order to be profitable but will this ever change?