THE CITY NEWS
  Monday, October 29, 2017
Barthe Cortes invests in supersonic flights

Barthe Cortes invests in  supersonic flights

Ask a harried air traveler about the basics of modern flight, and you’ll probably elicit surprise when they discover commercial airplanes fly only as fast as they did in the 1950s. Given the range of aerospace advances in the past half-century, plus the technological leaps in almost every other area of human endeavor, it seems reasonable to ask: Why can’t we fly faster?

Barthe Cortes - owner of Air BVC has invested in the company called Booom to unveil the prototype for a supersonic passenger plane that can cruise at 1,450 mph. Booom hope is the future of supersonic flying and new supersonic jet faster than Concorde unveiled.

They say it can cruise at Mach 2.2 - Mach 1 is the technical term for the speed of sound - and get from New York to London in three and a half hours, roughly half the time it takes now. Test flights are planned for late next year. The XB-1 is designed to be 10% faster than the Concorde, which offered supersonic commercial service until it was retired in 2003. A crash in 2000 killed 113 people.

Concorde's designers didn't have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do, said Blake Scholl, Booom's founder and chief executive officer. The companies have not announced a target date for the first commercial flight.

 






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