The machine: Overture supersonic aircraft is impressive to look at it! Boom Supersonic, the company responsible for building this ultra-fast commercial aircraft, revealed new images and details about the machine.
Boom Supersonic is aiming for Overture supersonic aircraft to be the world's fastest airliner. The aircraft will have a capacity of carrying 65 - 80 passengers, at the speed of Mach 1.7 over water and just under Mach 1 over land, with a range of 4,250 nautical miles (7871 Km). All of this was revealed at the Farnborough International Airshow.
“With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers”, said Boom Supersonic founder and CAO Blake Scholl.
Key features of Overture supersonic aircraft:
Four-Engine Design: Allowing Overture to fly at the speed of Mach 1.7 over water and just under Mach 1 over land.
Quieter Operation: Although we'd like to see Afterburners as aviation enthusiasts, they make a lot of noise. That's why overture will fly without them and will use the world’s first automated noise reduction system.
Contoured fuselage: Boom Supersonic applied design techniques to minimize drag and maximize fuel efficiency at supersonic speeds.
Gull wings: To enhance the aircraft's supersonic performance.
Carbon composite construction: The material is lighter, stronger and more thermally stable than the traditional one.
Net zero carbon: Overture supersonic aircraft will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Overture supersonic aircraft specifications:
I copied the specifications as mentioned in the recent article by Boom Supersonic:
- Cruise speed: Mach 1.7 supersonic, Mach 0.94 subsonic
- Range: 4,250nm with full payload
- Passengers: 65–80
- Exterior Dimensions: Length: 201 feet, Wingspan: 106 feet, Height: 36 feet
- Interior Dimensions: 79 feet long, up to 6.5 feet height at aisle
- Airframe: composite fuselage, wing, vertical, and horizontal
- Wing: gull with digital leading and trailing edge flap control
- Flight controls: 4x redundant digital fly-by-wire on 2 LRUs
- Powerplant: 4x medium-bypass 100% SAF-compatible turbofan
- Airport Community noise: ICAO Chapter 14 / FAA Stage 5
The aircraft is still under development and a few years away, but knowing that it will fly from New York to London in only 3.5 hours is something to be extremely excited about.
As a Pilot, I'm really excited about this aircraft, not because of its characteristics but hoping that I will one day be in the cockpit flying it. I wonder how will they select pilots for it? And how will the training be?