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7 jaw-dropping aircraft designs that reveal the future of air travel

Flight has changed the world, from the way war is waged to the way we go from coast to coast. Innovations like the Boeing 747 "Jumbo Jet" and the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde changed the way we thought of air travel: the former pushed the envelope for capacity while the latter paved the way for supersonic commercial travel.

The seven aircraft in this Komando.com Flash Tip have captured that spirit of innovation. These could very well be the next big air travel advances of the 21st Century. So, what can you expect to see?

The Boeing SUGAR is being designed as a gas-electric hybrid, with the fuel source being liquified natural gas.

The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic private jet expected to enter service in 2020.

The NASA QueSST is the first attempt at dampening the boom that follows breaking the sound barrier. It's believed this might revive supersonic commercial flight, and allow supersonic flight over land.

The Airbus Concept aircraft combines all of Airbus's concept designs to create the ideal airliner.

The Lapcat is still decades away, but researchers are figuring out ways to make it travel five to eight times faster than the speed of sound.

The German Aerospace Center SpaceLiner would use rocket technology to reach Mach 25. At that speed passengers could be whisked from London to Sydney in an hour and a half.

The Skreemr would be launched from a magnetic rail gun in order to reach Mach 4, or four times the speed of sound.

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