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Joe Biden has claimed commercial planes will soon be able to travel at speeds of 21,000mph. Watch here:
Speaking on Wednesday (7 April) about the American Jobs Plan, the President of the United States said: "I tell the kids, the young people that work for me - I told my kids, when I go on college campuses, they're going to see more change in the next 10 years than we've seen in the last 50 years.
"We're going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at... 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."
It's unclear what exactly he meant by 'figuratively' here - presumably he meant 'not actually'.
To give you some context, travelling at that speed you could go coast to coast in the US, New York to Los Angles, in about seven minutes. That'd normally take you close to seven hours.
Also, just before that, Biden said we might be able to traverse the world in an hour; I don't even know what that would make the trip from New York to Los Angeles. You probably wouldn't have finished listening to your favourite Justin Bieber song by the time you'd landed.
Presumably then, the 78-year-old was riffing, keen to big up the wonderous potential the future holds if we go after it - and back his investment plan.
Two hundred years ago trains weren't "traditional" infrastructure either - until America made the choice to lay the tracks.
- President Biden (@POTUS) April 7, 2021
Continuing in this vein, he said: "The idea of infrastructure has always evolved to meet the aspirations of the American people and their needs, and it's evolving again today.
"Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas or in a high-speed train, close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane.
"Take a look - do you think China is waiting around to invest in this digital infrastructure on research and development? I promise you they are not waiting."
Let's get to work on these impossibly rapid commercial airplanes then, before China gets 'em built.
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