The Concorde has retired….
Boeing is trying to bring back hyper- fast commercial travel….
It will test flying a test aircraft soon…
More than 50 years after the world’s first supersonic airliner took its maiden flight, the Denver based start-up has made history with the roll out of XB-1, the first independently developed supersonic aircraft.
Dubbed Baby Boom, the 71-foot-long fuselage is a 1:3 scale prototype of Boom’s upcoming supersonic commercial jet Overture, which is to have a maximum speed of Mach 2.2, making it capable of flying London to New York in just three hours and 30 minutes.
“Supersonic [travel] has been promised for so long,” Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic tells CNN Travel.
“What’s different is that we now have history’s first independently developed supersonic jet. We have an assembled aircraft with all the technology that we need to do what we’re talking about here.
Designed to seat between 55 to 75 people, Overture will focus on over 500 primarily transoceanic routes that will benefit from the aircraft’s Mach-2.2 speeds — such as New York to London, a journey that would take just three hours and 15 minutes and Los Angeles to Sydney, which would be cut down to eight and a half hours.
Devised with the latest noise-reducing technologies, it will only fly at supersonic speeds while over oceans, ensuring that populated areas are not impacted by sonic booms.
The demonstrator is to undergo a 100% carbon-neutral flight test program, including an “extensive test process” on the ground, before it takes flight for the first time in Mojave, California next year.