Even if you missed out on the Concorde, you may soon get a chance to Fly in a Supersonic Airliner
More than a decade after the supersonic passenger aircraft landed for the last time, a new class of faster-than-sound planes prepares for liftoff
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April 7, 2019 - by Eric Adams for Popular Science
The company expects to spend $6 billion or $7 billion bringing its jet, dubbed "the Overture," to market. So far it has raised about $141 million. That's only a little more than it'll cost to build the XB‑1. Starting so small is unusual—but essential given that Boom's ultimate goal is a 170,000-odd-pound airliner capable of Mach 2.2. It's highly likely they won't get it right the first time, Scholl admits.
The control room at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Aeronautics Research Center is remarkably quiet given the fury Blake Scholl and his engineers just uncorked. Thick concrete walls and a robust slab of glass separate them from a screaming General Electric J85-15, a turbojet like the one used in the T-38 trainer and other military jets. The cylindrical engine, bolted to a steel test stand, glows a sinister shade of red as it spits a cone of flame the color of a clear summer sky.
The J85 is GE's workhorse military turbojet. Three of them will power Boom's XB-1...