Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 Demonstrator Flies For The First Time | Aviation

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XB-1 takes off for the first flight. (Photo: Boom Supersonic)

The XB-1 demonstrator provides the foundation for Boom’s supersonic airliner Overture.

The XB-1 supersonic aircraft demonstrator of Boom Supersonic flew for the first time on March 2022, 2024, from the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California. XB-1, according to the company, is the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet and leverages state-of-the-art technologies to enable efficient supersonic flight including carbon fiber composites, advanced avionics, digitally-optimized aerodynamics, and an advanced supersonic propulsion system.

“Today, XB-1 took flight in the same hallowed airspace where the Bell X-1 first broke the sound barrier in 1947,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “I’ve been looking forward to this flight since founding Boom in 2014, and it marks the most significant milestone yet on our path to bring supersonic travel to passengers worldwide.”

The aircraft was flown by Chief Test Pilot Bill “Doc” Shoemaker, while Test Pilot Tristan “Geppetto” Brandenburg flew the T-38 chase aircraft which monitored XB-1 in the air, observing how the aircraft was handling and verifying its flight data and airworthiness. Both pilots maintain flight proficiency in T-38 and F-5 aircraft, which they use to develop chase procedures and practice flight test techniques that  will be used in XB-1, but they have also flown the F-104 as both share many flight characteristics.

“Everyone on the XB-1 team should be incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Shoemaker. “It has been a privilege to share this journey with so many dedicated and talented professionals. The experience we have gained in reaching this milestone will be invaluable to Boom’s revival of supersonic travel.”

According to Boom Supersonic’s press statement, XB-1 met all of its test objectives, including safely and successfully achieving an altitude of 7,120 feet and…

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