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World Flight breaks transatlantic speed record

23:51  09 february  2020
23:51  09 february  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

British Airways breaks the New York to London subsonic flight record

  British Airways breaks the New York to London subsonic flight record British Airways just set a new record for subsonic flight -- with some help from nature. The airline has confirmed Flightradar24 data showing that one of its Boeing 747s completed a New York to London flight in just 4 hours and 56 minutes, handily beating the previous best of 5 hours and 13 minutes set by Norwegian in 2018. A typical version of this flight takes 6 hours and 13 minutes, Flightradar24 said. The aircraft was helped by a stronger-than-usual (200MPH-plus) jet stream that took the 747 up to 825MPH -- technically faster than the speed of sound, but not supersonic as the winds would have prevented the aircraft from breaking the sound barrier.

Reaching speeds of up to 776 mph the flight from New York to London took only 5 hours and 13 minutes. British Airways no longer hold the record for Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner set a new subsonic transatlantic record — Norwegian/Creative Commons. With the help of a good tailwind, the

A transatlantic flight is the flight of an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East to North America, Central America, or South America, or vice versa.

A New York-to-London flight landed in the history books Sunday as the fastest subsonic flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

a large passenger jet flying through the air: A British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane lands at Heathrow International Airport in London, August, 2 2019.© NurPhoto via Getty Images, FILE A British Airways Boeing 747-400 airplane lands at Heathrow International Airport in London, August, 2 2019.

British Airways Flight 112 made the trip in 4 hours 56 minutes -- 17 minutes faster than the previous record made by a Norwegian flight from New York to London, according to the flight tracker blog Flightradar24.

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The blog said the 747 jet took advantage of a jet stream in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which some pilots are using to increase speed and decrease fuel.

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During Norwegian's record -setting flight , that tailwind reached 202 mph and pushed a Boeing that usually cruises at 570 mph to 776 mph. On Friday, a another Norwegian plane set a new speed record for a subsonic transatlantic crossing. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner went from New York’s

New York-JFK to London-Gatwick, broke the record for fastest transatlantic flight in a subsonic plane (that is, not a sound-barrier- breaking Clocking in at just five hours and thirteen minutes from takeoff to touchdown, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner reached a top speed of 776 miles per hour, getting

"During its speed record cruise across the Atlantic, BA112 traveled at a consistent Mach 0.86 or 86 percent of the speed of sound," FlightRadar24 said in its posting.

Representatives from British Airways did not immediately return messages for comment.

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The Atlantic jet stream is powering Storm Ciara, which is hitting the U.K. with hurricane-force winds and severely disrupting air travel in Europe.

Massive firework shot over Colorado breaks world record .
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A massive firework launched over a Colorado ski resort town has set a record for the world's largest aerial firework. The 2,800-pound (1,270-kilogram) shell flew 2,200 feet (671 meters) above the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival before it burst, turning the sky bright red and drawing gasps from the crowd, The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported. Tim Borden of Steamboat Springs headed the team that developed the firework over seven years. Borden first attempted to set the world record last year, but failed when the shell exploded inside the mortar without lifting off the ground, the newspaper reported.

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