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The new Concorde? Supersonic jet with top speed of nearly 1,700mph to be unveiled

The new Concorde? Supersonic jet with top speed of nearly 1,700mph to be unveiled

Boom Technology is building the XB-1 prototype, set to go through testing next year. If successful, it will pave the way for the Boom Overture – a proposed passenger jet with 55 seats

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A new supersonic jet prototype will be unveiled to the public on October 7 – paving the way for a return to ultra-fast air travel.

Boom Technology, based in Denver, the US, has so far raised $141m (£107m) to build the XB-1.PROMOTED STORY

The company has already attached the craft’s wings to its fuselage, built its vertical stabiliser and completed landing gear tests, Flight Global reports.

It has a top speed of Mach 2.2 – nearly 1,700mph.

The aircraft will only have room for one pilot – an experienced US Air Force recruit – and will go through testing at Mojave Air & Space Port in California in 2021.

If the XB-1 enjoys a successful test flight, the company will shift its focus to the Boom Overture
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Boom said in a statement: “With XB-1, we’re demonstrating that we are prepared to bring back supersonic.

“We’re ensuring that the supersonic future is safe and environmentally, and economically sustainable.

“We’ve learned that the demand for supersonic has grown even faster than we anticipated.”

Its mission statement reads: “If we can fly twice as fast, the world becomes twice as small, turning far off lands into familiar neighbours.”

The proposed passenger jet will have 55 seats onboard
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If the XB-1 enjoys a successful test flight, the company will shift its focus to the Boom Overture – a proposed passenger jet with 55 seats onboard.

Richard Branson and Japan Airlines have already made investments, Simple Flying reports.

Boom expects the Overture – set to have an equivalent top speed of Mach 2.2 – to fly in the mid-2020s and sell for $200 million (£158 million) each.

Punters all reportedly be set back $5,000 (£3,900) for a eat on the Overture.

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Blake Scholl, CEO of Boom Supersonic, has 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.”

From the 1970s into the early 2000s, the Concorde transported passengers faster than the speed of sound.

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