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August 03, 2020 - SlashGear

Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde
Design for the Virgin Galactic Mach 3Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic may be busy designing its tourist spacecraft, but that hasn’t stopped it from working on more high-speed transportation, in the shape of its new Mach 3 aircraft. Revealed today, the super-fast delta-wing was developed with jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which previously provided the grunt to take Concorde supersonic.

This as-yet unnamed Virgin Galactic aircraft promises to be even faster. Concorde topped out at Mach 2.04, or the equivalent of more than 1,350 mph when cruising. This new model, though, is designed to hit Mach 3, or around 2,300 mph.

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