The start-up boom is examining with the US government whether the planned Overture supersonic aircraft could carry the American president in the future.
For Blake Scholl, it’s good news, and timely too. Together with the US Air Force, the 39-year-old founder and head of the US start-up Boom Supersonic is to investigate whether the young company’s planned supersonic jet is also suitable as a presidential jet.
The “Overture” – the name of the new, super-fast aircraft – as the new US Air Force One? Scholl cannot and does not even try to hide his enthusiasm for the new prominent partner. “We are so proud to work with the Air Force to develop new ways of transport for critical government activities,” the entrepreneur said in a statement.
Scholl, a former Amazon manager, internet entrepreneur and pilot license holder, could use the support. Because recently the bad news has accumulated. The original schedule for the redevelopment of a supersonic aircraft has long been blown – by currently three years.
The first flight of the XB-1 demonstrator is scheduled for next year. It is significantly smaller than the planned series jet. But with it you can carry out tests and get important information for the overture. Scholl wants to show the demonstrator to the public in October. Because of Corona, this will only take place virtually.
In addition, the pandemic has left its mark on Blake’s company. Because many airlines have absolutely no idea what air traffic will look like in the future, they are also holding back on future projects. At the beginning of the year, Scholl had spoken of around 70 pre-orders for the Overture. Meanwhile, this number has shrunk to 30, according to the company. Japan Airlines has expressed interest in 20 planes, ten of which will eventually go to Virgin Atlantic.
A project like the one with the US government and the prospect of being able to promote the US head of state one day are good. “The US Air Force is constantly looking for new technological possibilities,” said Brigadier General Ryan Britton, explaining the decision for the Scholl start-up. Boom is an example of America’s ingenuity driving the economy.
More economical than once the Concorde
Scholl has been working on the Overture, a jet with around 50 seats, for a long time. It should not only be significantly more economical on the road than the famous Concorde, which offered space for 100 passengers, was once. The sonic boom is also to be largely avoided through sophisticated technology. Both the high fuel consumption and the great noise meant that the Concorde was never built and used in large numbers.
In many parts of the world, overland aircraft had to turn off its afterburners. After the terrible crash of an Air France Concorde in July 2000, in which all 109 occupants and four people were killed on the ground, the jet was soon decommissioned.