Paul Williams

Dr Paul D Williams is Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, UK. He is responsible for leading a division of around 30 of the world's best weather researchers. He was educated at Oxford University, receiving a first-class degree in physics and a PhD in atmospheric physics. He specializes in atmospheric modelling, turbulence, jet streams and climate change. He has published two books and over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading journals, including Nature. He has held visiting fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge and California. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Meteorological Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society. His frequent TV and radio appearances have included the BBC, Sky News, CNN, The Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel. He tweets regularly about atmospheric science as @DrPaulDWilliams.

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Fastest transatlantic subsonic flight

The fastest transatlantic flight (New York JFK to London Heathrow) by a subsonic airliner was achieved British Airways flight BA112 on 9 February 2020. The 747-400 covered a distance of 5,554 kilometres (3,451 miles) in just 4 hours 56 minutes, taking off at 23:21 on 8 February and touching down at 04:17 the following day (all times UTC).