UPDATED 2:45 PM PT – Thursday, April 8, 2021
Joe Biden made an ignorant remark about the speed of U.S. airplanes, which stirred further questions about his cognitive abilities.
“We’re going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at subsonic speeds, supersonic speeds, be able to figuratively… if we decide to do it, be able to traverse the world in an hour, travel at 21,000 miles an hour,” Biden claimed.
Joe Biden urges support for his infrastructure plan because, if we wanted to, in ten years we could go around the world in an hour. pic.twitter.com/ZGto9jn228
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) April 8, 2021
According to scientists, an aircraft speed of 21,000 mph as touted by Biden would amount to “Mach32,” which is physically impossible in the Earth’s atmosphere. The fastest U.S. airplane was the Lockheed SR72, which clocked a top speed of 2,200 mph, but it retired in 1999. Any object traveling at 17,500 mph would melt in the atmosphere, but Biden apparently wants to go faster than that.
“Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas, or 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?” Biden questioned. “I promise you they are not waiting.”
However, Biden appeared to suggest his $2 trillion infrastructure spending plan would make airplanes fly 14-times faster in defiance of the laws of physics.