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Boom Reveals Redesigned Overture Supersonic Jet - Hello Speed

American aircraft firm Boom Supersonic has revealed the production design for its upcoming Overture aeroplane. The Boom Overture aims to become the first supersonic airliner to fly since Concorde made its last flight back in 2003.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Boom first revealed the Overture back in 2016 and the new redesigned version of the supersonic jet of the future was revealed at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, 51 years after the Concorde made its debut at the English air show.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Boom states the new design for the production Overture is the culmination of 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and the careful evaluation of 51 full design iterations.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Speaking about the Overture, Boom Founder and CEO Blake Schell stated, "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. With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers."

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Boom also announced a landmark partnering partnership with Northrop Grumman (best known for the B2 stealth bomber) that will see them work together to develop special mission variants of the Overture supersonic aircraft for the U.S. Government and its allies.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Working together, Boom & Northrop Grumman will pursue new use cases for Overture to support government and military operations that require rapid response, including quick-reaction surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, as well as mobility and logistics missions such as emergency medical and troop transport.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

So what exactly is it about the Overture that has made it the the biggest talking point in the passenger aircraft market since the Concorde? Well, Overture hopes to bring Supersonic flight back to the passenger airline community and Boom's plans will see the plane take flight by 2026 and carry passengers in 2029.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

When the Boom Overture supersonic aircraft takes to the air it will be powered by four turbofan engines. The four engines which are being developed with the help of Rolls-Royce will use 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel when the plane takes to the skies.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

The Boom Overture's four engines which don't feature any afterburners and are expected to produce around 15 to 20,000 lbf of thrust each.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

According to Boom Supersonic, the Overture's four engines will allow it to cruise at a speed of Mach 1.7 (nearly 2,100km/h) which the company claims will allow the jet to travel from New York to London in just three and a half hours. However, due to current laws banning supersonic flights over land, the Overture has to travel at around 1,240km/h (just under Mach 1) when not travelling over water.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

What makes Boom's aircraft different from previous supersonic jets is its automated noise reduction system that will allow it to meet the nose level regulations for the latest subsonic trains. The Boom Overture has a range of 7,867 kilometres and can carry 65 to 80 passengers at 60,000 feet above the ground.

Boom Reveals Redesigned Production-Spec Overture Supersonic Jet

Thoughts About The Boom Overture

The Boom Overture promises a return to supersonic passenger planes in the near future. While many are sceptical about the sustainability and financial feasibility of a return to supersonic flight but that hasn't stopped airlines like United (15 orders plus 35 additional options), Japan Airlines (20 pre orders) and Virgin Group (10 options) among others. These airlines are among those that think that the Overture may just be the true successor to the famous Concorde.

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Article Published On: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 17:23 [IST]
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