20 years after Concorde’s final flight a new supersonic jet is set to take to the skies

This supersonic jet is faster than the speed of sound, comfortable and ultra-efficient.
  • The Boom Overture aims to replace the Concorde
  • Thanks to its sophisticated engine, it can fly supersonic while providing record mileage
  • According to Boom, the Overture is 80 percent more efficient than an average airliner

Published on Dec 15, 2023 at 3:57PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Dec 20, 2023 at 1:37PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray
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It’s been 20 years since the Concorde’s wheels finally touched the ground for the last time.

The Franco-British engineering marvel known as Concorde was the closest we ever got to time travel because it was able to fly at supersonic speeds.

Two decades later, several companies (and even NASA) are working on the Concorde’s spiritual successor, and this one looks promising.

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The aircraft you see here is called the Overture, and it is a long-haul jet with outstanding performance figures.

It is made by a company called ‘Boom’, and you can tell they’ve got a thing for emphatic names because the engine that powers it is called ‘Symphony’.

Boom’s Symphony (we have to admit it is quite catchy) is a masterpiece not just because it’s fast but because it is also efficient.

In fact, the main selling point of the engine that powers this supersonic jet is its performance-to-emission ratio.

The jet is capable of flying at Mach 1.7 and it has a range of 4,250 nautical miles.

This means the Boom Overture can theoretically fly from New York City to Europe and back on a ‘tank’.

Mach 1.7 is equivalent to 1,300 mph or 2,090 km/h.

And yet, despite these amazing performance figures, it is as ‘green’ as jets can get.

Boom says the Overture jet is, on average, 80 percent more efficient than your average airliner.

It’s almost like having a Bugatti Chiron that does 300 mph at 200 mpg.

It’s super fast and super green, and the Overture jet is also super slick.

This supersonic jet is spacious, stylish and comfortable – even in Economy.

Boom is planning to make two different versions with 65 and 88 seats (not including crew) respectively.

According to the company, the jet can cover up to 500 different routes.

The plan is to build at least 1,000 aircraft in total.

Speaking of which, the Boom Overture is being designed as we speak, with production expected in 2024.

The first flight is scheduled for 2027.

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