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Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 7 December 2020 | 0 Comments

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7 December 2020
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Prototype of a 1,700 mph Supersonic Jet Concorde 2.0 to be Unveiled.

A Supersonic jet believed to be Concorde’s successor is ready for advanced testing. Designed by Boom Technology, the XB-1 prototypewill pave the way for the Boom Overture if successful – a proposed 55-seater passenger jet.Scheduled for unveiling to the public indue course , the prototype’s cutting-edge technology is believed to be the early sign that the world is ready to welcome back ultra-fastairtravel. Denver-based Boom Technology has so far raised $141m (£107m) to build the XB-1 which is believed to boast a top speed of Mach 2.2 – almost 1,700mph.

Boom Technology expects the Overture to fly in the mid-2020s and sell for $200 million (£158 million) each. The company has already attached the craft’s wings to its fuselage, built its vertical stabiliser and completed landing gear tests, Flight Global reports. To fly on the Overture, passengers will need to splash out $5,000 (£3,900) a seat- around 25% less than a Concorde ticket.

Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Supersonic, said: “You’ll be able to fly Overture for a quarter the price of a Concorde ticket, or about the same price you’d pay in business class today. That’s the most important thing.”

Unlike the Concorde, the Overture aims to have oversized windows. Boom has pledged to bring back supersonic in a way that is safe and environmentally, and economically sustainable. The aircraft will only have room for one experienced A-grade pilot and will go through testing at California's Mojave Air and Space Port in 2021.

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