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Concorde-like supersonic jet could be in the air from next year

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 17/11/2017 Stuart Marsh
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A supersonic airplane capable of ferrying passengers from Sydney to Los Angeles in under 7 hours could be conducting trials from as early as 2018.

Blake Scholl, one of the founding members of aviation manufacturer Boom Supersonic, told an airshow in Dubai that he expects his XB-1 jet to be in the skies sooner than expected.

"Think about for a moment the families that are separated because of the long flights," Scholl said.

"Think about the trips not taken because when you add up the lost hours, the trip just doesn't feel worth it.

"That's where we come in. We are a team of engineers and technologists, brought together for the sole purpose of making our world dramatically more accessible.

"You won't have to be on the Forbes' list to be able to fly, it will cost about the same as flying business class today. The ultimate goal is to make supersonic affordable for anyone who flies."

Scholl said he had already received 76 orders for the Xb-1, but declined to name the airlines willing to push the envelope of transcontinental flight.

If the details surrounding the XB-1 are true it will revolutionise the future of air travel.

Described as "Concorde 2.0", the XB-1 is capable of travelling at speeds of up to Mach 2.2 (2,335 km/h) and is made almost completely out of carbon fibre to withstand the 173 degree temperatures experienced at that speed.

Unlike the infamous Concorde – which was known to blow out house windows when it crossed the supersonic threshold – Scholl says the XB-1 will be no louder than a BMW on the highway.

Early suggestions are, when the full-scale, 55-seat aircraft is operational, a one-way ticket across the globe will start from $3,322.

The original Aerospatiale Concorde was a joint British and French passenger plane that flew from 1969 to 2003. It was capable of cruising at up to 2,180 km/h and seating a maximum of 128 passengers.

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