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Boom Supersonic has unveiled the latest design for its ultra-fast airliner that will be able to fly from New York to London in 3.5 hours — see the new Overture

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  • Boom Supersonic updated its highly anticipated ultra-fast Overture aircraft.
  • The Overture now has a decreased passenger capacity, more engines, and new fuselage and gull wing configurations.
  • As of now, the startup only has two customers: United Airlines and Japan Airlines.

Colorado-based Boom Supersonic has unveiled updates to the design of its highly anticipated ultra-fast Overture at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 19 …Boom Supersonic's Overture flying above clouds.

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… bringing the startup one step closer to producing the “world’s fastest airliner.”Boom Supersonic takeoff.Boom Supersonic takeoff.

Boom Supersonic

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The Overture was already designed to fly incredibly fast. But to create a more efficient and quiet aircraft, Boom decreased the Overture’s passenger capacity, increased its number of engines, and reconfigured the fuselage and gull wings.Boom Supersonic's Overture in a dark building.

Boom Supersonic

The high-speed aircraft will now have four smaller wing-mounted engines, which will decrease the operational costs and allow it to fly quieter, according to the startup.An overhead view of Boom Supersonic's Overture.

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These engines will enable the Overture to soar at Mach 1.7 — or about 1,300 miles per hour — over water, faster than the speed of sound.Boom Supersonic's Overture flying among clouds.

Boom Supersonic

Source: Insider

But because of loud sonic booms, supersonic aircraft legally can’t fly at ultra high speeds over land.Boom Supersonic Japan Airlines.

Boom Supersonic

Source: FAA

As a result, the Overture will only fly at Mach 0.97 as it crosses land.Boom Supersonic's Overture in a dark building.

Boom Supersonic

However, the engine isn’t finalized just yet: The startup is still shopping around for engine options, Blake Scholl, the CEO of Boom Supersonic, said at a press briefing.Boom Supersonic.

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Source: Paxex.Aero

 

Like the engine count, the design for the fuselage and gull wings has changed from previous iterations.Boom Supersonic's Overture flying above clouds.

Boom Supersonic

The fuselage will now be wider towards the front of the plane, minimizing drag and improving fuel efficiency …Boom Supersonic's Overture by a hangar.

Boom Supersonic

Source: Boom Supersonic 

… while the new gull wings will decrease engine strain and increase safety as the aircraft flies at lower speeds, according to the startup.Boom Supersonic's Overture on a runway.

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And because most of the Overture will be built using carbon fiber composites, the aircraft will be lighter and therefore more fuel efficient.Boom Overture.

Boom Supersonic

Source: Boom Supersonic 

The company has been testing a small Overture prototype — the Baby Boom — out of Colorado.Boom Supersonic engine testing.Boom Supersonic engine testing.

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So far, the net-zero carbon aircraft has undergone five wind tunnel tests performed in multiple locations. These tests have helped Boom improve the Overtures’ performance, control, and fuel efficiency, a spokesperson told Insider.Boom Supersonic on bridge.Boom Supersonic on bridge.

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As of now, the startup only has two customers: United Airlines and Japan Airlines. The former ordered 15 Overtures in June 2021.Boom Overture.

Boom Supersonic

Source: Insider

Production of a full-scale prototype will begin in 2024 in preparation for the aircraft’s rollout in 2025.Boom Supersonic Overture factory.Boom Supersonic Overture factory.

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Boom Supersonic has also partnered with Northrop Grumman to build Overture iterations for government and military use.Boom Supersonic.Boom Supersonic.

Boom Supersonic

In 2026, Boom will begin flight tests in Mojave, California, a spokesperson said. By 2029, the 65 to 80-passenger Overture could begin passenger service.Boom Overture interior.

Boom Supersonic

When in service, the ultra-fast aircraft could be able to bring passengers from Newark Liberty International Airport to London in 3.5 hours or to Frankfurt, Germany in four hours.Boom Supersonic's Overture with United's branding in front of a United building.

Boom Supersonic

Source: Insider 

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