President Joe Biden has caused confusion after predicting some commercial airplanes could fly at speeds of up to 21,000 miles per hour in the next 10 years, faster than the hypersonic weapons under development by the military.
“We’re going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at subsonic speeds, supersonic speeds, be able to figuratively, if you may, if we decide to do it, be able to traverse the world in an hour, travel at 21,000 miles an hour,” Biden said.
The White House has yet to clarify Biden’s comments, made during a Wednesday address aimed at promoting his $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs spending package.
The speed of 21,000 miles an hour roughly equates to Mach 28, or 28 times the speed of sound.
In comparison, the new AGM-183 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, which failed to detach from a B-52H Stratofortress