Boom’s new supersonic passenger jet will be 2.6 times faster than any other airliner
May 29, 2017
Supersonic passenger jet has existed over 50 years but could not prove to be efficient enough to continue operation. Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde, British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet, flew for last time in October 24, 2003 ending the era of supersonic air travel. The Concorde entered commercial service in 1976 and the first round-the-world flight by a BA Concorde took place on November 8, 1986. The aircraft covered 28,238 miles in 29 hours 59 minutes.
July 25, 2000 was the black day for Concorde as Air France flight 4590 departing from Paris ran over a piece of titanium that had fallen from another aircraft. It burst the tire and resulted in the fuel tank igniting. The plane crashed killing all on board.
Till today, supersonic jet era remains terminated. But the supersonic jet era is about to return with bang after Boom Technology based on US with slogan ‘Time Saved is Life Gained’ unveiled a design for a 40-seat jet that can fly at Mach 2.2, which means a London to New York flight would take only 3 hours and 15 minutes at 60,000 ft. At that height, each of the 40 passengers would be able to view the curvature of the earth from window seats split either side of the aisle.
The company till today generated $33 million funding which is enough for building their prototype ‘Baby Boom XB-1’. Boom’s supersonic jet is a breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engine technology and made with advanced composite materials.
Boom says, “Leave New York at 6 am, make afternoon and dinner meetings in London, and be home to tuck your kids into bed.” Their supersonic jet will fly at a speed of Mach 2.2 (1466.83 knots) cruising at an altitude of 60,000 ft.
If everything goes well, the Boom could initiate high-speed intercontinental flights in 2020. The company has allocated $2,500 for each way of London to New York travel.