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The winds over the Atlantic were so strong that they pushed two planes beyond the speed of sound

The winds over the Atlantic were so strong that they pushed two planes beyond the speed of sound

Recently, the weather has changed a bit over the Atlantic Ocean, which is strikingly evident in strong air movements. Not only does this increase the chance of disruptions, but you will also get to your destination sooner.

In November, we already saw an example where, thanks to strong tailwinds, a plane cut an hour off its flight time, and the same thing happened on Saturday 17 February. Two planes also flew at more than eight hundred miles per hour (1,287 kilometers per hour), two hundred miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour) faster than the normal speed of about six hundred miles per hour (965 kilometers per hour).

Thus, the Virgin Atlantic flight from Washington to London arrived forty-five minutes early, and the United Airlines flight from Newark to Lisbon arrived at its destination twenty minutes early.

The National Weather Service in Washington reported wind gusts of up to 265 mph (426 kph) over the Atlantic Ocean. Airplanes exceed the speed of sound.

The speed of sound is often cited as 767 miles per hour (1,234 kilometers per hour), and although planes traveled faster than that, the planes themselves did not break the sound barrier because they flew at their normal cruising speed. Only in unusually fast air.

Equally fast were a China Airlines flight, which reached 826 mph (1,329 km/h) over the Pacific Ocean last month, and a British Airways flight, which flew at 825 mph in 2020.

Given this data, you may wonder how safe it is to fly over the ocean. We can find out from the pilot.

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(source: interested in trade, Images: Getty Images)

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