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August 15th, 2012
04:10 PM ET

Only In America: The need for speed

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to bring new meaning to the phrase "Rush Hour," detailing an emerging method of transportation that can cut down the commute.

Opening with a bit of travel trivia, Morgan detailed how flying the friendly skies today is seemingly slower now than it was more than three decades ago:

"When the great Sir David Frost was hosting talk shows on both sides of the Atlantic, like I do now, back in the 70s his journey took three hours on Concorde," he explained. "Now, since the tragic demise of that fabulous plane, it takes at least double that. And this is supposed to be progress?"

However, introducing a still-in-development aircraft called the "WaveRider," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host has renewed hope:

"The Air Force's new, X-51A hypersonic 'scramjet' designed to fly at – wait for this – Mach-6. That's a stunning 45-hundred miles an hour," he revealed. "The Pentagon says the technology, which it tested over the Pacific today, could eventually allow them to bring missiles or planes to the other side of the planet in minutes instead of hours."

But for Morgan, Tuesday's good news came with a side dish of disappointment, as the technology is not yet available for the everyman, even if said everyman is an anchorman:

"You can't taunt me with the prospect of a one-hour trans-Atlantic flight and tell me: 'Sorry, buddy, this isn't for you,'" he complained, adding:

"I've got London pubs to frequent, Arsenal soccer matches to watch, cricket to play, fish-and-chips to eat ... with mushy peas."

With a price tag of 140 million dollars, the new-age plane would allow Morgan to enjoy all the comforts of his own soil, while still returning to New York nightly for his CNN program.

In his words, Only in America might such an advancement be used as a mere tease for those that might benefit the most:

"Think not what this hypersonic technology can do for your country's military, Mr. President, and focus more on what it can do for me, and my morning commute."

Note: On Wednesday, the hypersonic aircraft failed a test flight, spiraling out of control off the coast of California prior to reaching its goal of 4,600 mph. Pentagon officials cite an issue with a tail fin.
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  1. James

    Pardon me but I don't quite know where to put it. Someone please tell me why Pierce Morgan, at every opportunity advertises himself as a Catholic and manages to identify guests (Gingrige being the latest), as so?

    August 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sandra Martin

    Hi there Piers! Love your show. Had to repress a giggle after I read that the Waverider X-51A that you so lamented last night, crashed and burned. Careful what you wish for....

    August 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. pedropt

    this notice is to intimidate russia agaist their anti-shield missil some months ago .
    What US dont know is that russia right now 2 months later are much far away in technology than US .
    but the news from russia from now will only be avaliable 6 months from now .

    August 16, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ann

    Hello Piers Morgan, This guy Dsousa is crazy, all he is doing is spreading propaganda. He sounds like a lunatic. I am not surprise of his ignorance. He has no respect for the President. Would he say something like about Ghandi. This guy is crazy. He is a nut.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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