They Don't Call it the Jet Stream for Nothing

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

They don't call it the Jet Stream for nothing.

On Monday night a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London in the jet stream.

At the time, the winds were very strong... the airplane reached a speed of 1289 km/h!

The speed is among the highest speed on record for a commercial airline.

The jet stream travels west to east, so if a plane is flying in the same direction is can speed up a flight and save fuel.

Jet streams are fast flowing, narrow, meandering air currents in the atmosphere 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.



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