Baby Boom due in 2018
At the Paris Air Show in June Boom Supersonic unveiled the final design of its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, the subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic airliner. The Denver, Colorado-based company says that the design has passed a major external review, verifying that it meets performance and safety requirements. Among changes, the XB-1 now has a third engine inlet located in the tail for its three General Electric J85-21 engines, providing greater propulsion system stability. The wing design has evolved and the vertical tail modified to improve performance in crosswinds.
“We now have everything required to build history’s first independently developed supersonic aircraft — the funding, technical design, and manufacturing partners,” said company founder and Chief Executive Officer Blake Scholl. When it flies next year, the XB-1 will be the world’s fastest civil aircraft. Subsonic flight testing will be conducted near Denver, followed by supersonic flights up to Mach 2.2 from Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.
Scholl also announced orders for 76 Boom Supersonic Passenger Airliners, for which the XB-1 is a technology demonstrator. The airliner is predicted to have a cruising speed of M2.2 carrying 55 passengers over a range of 4,500nm. “Airlines are excited for something new and different to offer their passenger, and we’re thrilled that major world airlines share our vision for a future of faster, more accessible supersonic travel,” he said.