Why Airline Speeds Have Stagnated for 40 Years

This year marks the 40th anniversaries of two of the greatest achievements in manned flight. In 1976, US military pilot Eldon W. Joersz set the still-standing airspeed record of 2,193.2 mph in the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird.” That same year, the Concorde introduced the world to supersonic commercial travel with the first passenger flights to break the sound barrier.

Eli Dourado

Eli Dourado

Eli Dourado is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program.

This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

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