• Kyle Sooley-Brookings

Storm Helps Set New Flight Record

By Oyoyoy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81552735

The weather played a role in setting a new flight record.

A British Airways flight from New York to London become the fastest subsonic flight in history thanks to a storm.

The storm, known as Storm Ciara in Europe, travelled at a whopping 1300 km/h along the jet stream.

Jet streams are fast flowing, narrow, meandering air currents in the atmospheres of Earth. The main jet streams are located near the altitude of the tropopause and are westerly winds. Their paths typically have a meandering shape.

The flight typically takes about 6 hours to complete. This flight only took 4 hours and 56 minutes.


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