Baby Boom due in 2018

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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.

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