BOOM Supersonic Readies The XB-1 For Flight Testing

BOOM Supersonic Readies The XB-1 For Flight Testing
Photo Credit: BOOM Supersonic.

BOOM Supersonic is readying its XB-1 test demonstrator for flight testing ahead of key milestones achieved by the manufacturers.

The jet has undergone a series of extensive ground testing since its relocation to the Mojave Air & Space Port.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

BOOM Supersonic XB-1 Prepares For Flight…

BOOM Supersonic Readies The XB-1 For Flight Testing
Photo Credit: BOOM Supersonic.


BOOM Supersonic has made significant progress with the testing of the XB-1 as well as key authorizations ahead of its preparation for flight.

For example, they have secured letters of authorisation to allow their test pilots to operate the aircraft, as well as being able to operate the first flight in the same airspace that Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 and where the SR-71 Blackbird first flew in 1964.

Bill Shoemaker, the Chief Test Pilot for BOOM Supersonic had this to say on that milestone:

“It’s fitting that XB-1 is now progressing toward first flight at the Mojave Air & Space Port, home to more than 50 first flights and other significant aviation events”.

“I’m looking forward to flying XB-1 here, building on the achievements of other talented engineers and pilots who inspire us every day to make supersonic travel mainstream.”

Such preparation have seen the test pilots complete a series of hours in a simulator as well as maintaining flight proficiency using T-38 trainer aircraft as well.

Blake Scholl, BOOM Supersonic’s founder and CEO had this to say on the progress:

“The recent progress made towards XB-1’s first flight reflects the team’s collective efforts to build and safely fly the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet”.

Providing all goes well with testing and it remains on time, this will provide supporting evidence and knowledge to begin testing on the Overture program as we progress through this decade.

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