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Supersonic plane with ‘gull wings’ to fly from London to New York in just 3.5 hours

Boom Supersonic will travel at a similar speeds to Concorde, and aims to be flying by 2030 

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Boom Supersonic's Overture will fly at 2,100km/h

Boom Supersonic's Overture will fly at 2,100km/h

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades," says the company's CEO

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades," says the company's CEO

The aircraft’s wings are sculpted to enhance supersonic performance

The aircraft’s wings are sculpted to enhance supersonic performance

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Boom Supersonic's Overture will fly at 2,100km/h

The latest designs for a supersonic jet with “gull wings”, which would enable flights between London and New York in 3.5 hours, have been unveiled.

The Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft, which will travel at speeds of 2,100km/h (Mach 1.7) – a similar speed to Concorde – has been through 51 design iterations since work began on the project in 2017.

This latest model has been designed with 65 to 80 seats, with the hope that it will be flying commercial passengers by 2030.

Four smaller engines have replaced the original three in the design, while a revolutionary “automated noise reduction system” is set to make for a quieter aircraft.

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“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades," says the company's CEO

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades," says the company's CEO

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades," says the company's CEO

“Gull wings” aim to increase speed and stability; they are also sculpted to enhance supersonic performance as well as improve subsonic and transonic handling. 

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design, and it will fundamentally change how we think about distance,” said Boom Founder and CEO Blake Scholl.

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“With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers.”

The idea is for the aircraft to fly at speeds of 2,100km/h – faster than the speed of sound – over the sea, and at slightly slower speeds overland.

Jets are prohibited from flying faster than the speed of sound overland in most countries due to the “sonic boom” effect, which sounds similar to an explosion or a thunderclap to the human ear.

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The aircraft’s wings are sculpted to enhance supersonic performance

The aircraft’s wings are sculpted to enhance supersonic performance

The aircraft’s wings are sculpted to enhance supersonic performance

Boom Supersonic says the Overture will enable travellers to get from London to New York in 3.5 hours, cutting 4.5 hours off the current journey time.

The 201-foot aircraft will incorporate carbon composite materials into the majority of a newly designed fuselage and run on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),

The company says it is building “the world’s fastest airliner, optimised for speed, safety, and sustainability”. 

Boom Supersonic is also to begin outfitting The Iron Bird, a new 70,000-square-foot hardware ground test facility in Centennial, Colorado, to house its first full-scale Overture testing model and flight deck simulators. 


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