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Rytis Beresnevicius

OTD: American SST dream is dead – Boeing cancels the 2707

In the 1970s the race was on to build the first and the best supersonic transport (SST). Aerospatiale, Boeing and Tupolev were the main contestants: but Boeing was forced to drop out on this day in 1971....


Clement Charpentreau

Boom assembles supersonic XB-1 demonstrator wing [Video]

Boom Supersonic installed the wings of their XB-1 demonstrator onto the fuselage, paving the way to the supersonic airliner’s first flight expected by the end of 2020....


Clement Charpentreau

FAA prepares the future of supersonic commercial flights

Fast is nice, quiet is better. The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing the future of supersonic commercial flights in the United States by proposing new rules for noise certification....


Ruta Burbaite

NASA’s X-59 supersonic aircraft cleared for final assembly

Perhaps not at supersonic speeds, but NASA is certainly moving closer to building its piloted experimental aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier without producing sonic booms. Short for Quiet Supersonic Technology, the first large scale X-59 QueSST aircraft has been cleared for final assembly and integration of systems, the agency announced on December 16, 2019....


Ruta Burbaite

No paper plane: NASA supersonic X-59 QueSST is coming together

Following years of research and design engineering, NASA believes it has come up with a solution on how to reduce a sonic boom. The agency has been working with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the technology that can overcome current noise restrictions for commercial supersonic flight over land and pave the way for establishing a new market of air travel. The project is known as X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST and, accord...


Ruta Burbaite

Supersonic flight meets another challenge besides noise reduction

Three U.S. based startups racing to build a successor to the iconic Concorde face another major hurdle besides developing a low-boom jet that would meet noise restrictions for supersonic passenger flights over land, already being eased by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strong support from the Trump administration. The problem is, flying faster than the speed of sound will result in a heavy carbon footprint. Supersonic jetliners will b...


Rytis Beresnevicius

Supersonic aircraft are not coming back - Here is why.

Aviation enthusiasts around the world just a few weeks ago celebrated the anniversary of the first Concorde flight, but it retired 16 years ago. However, it seems like various companies are trying to revive SSTs. We argue that supersonic transport is not coming back. Read more:...


AeroTime Team

NASA pictures supersonic shockwave interaction in flight

NASA captures the first-ever images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight. Images are part of NASA’s ongoing effort to make sonic booms quieter, with hopes it could open the future to possible supersonic flight over land....


Clement Charpentreau

History hour: 50 years ago, the maiden flight of the Concorde

Half a century ago, one event marked the history of aviation forever. On Sunday, March 2, 1969, at 15:38, the Concorde made its first commercial flight, reaching a milestone in a fantastic journey....


AeroTime Team

Did a Virgin Atlantic Boeing really fly faster than sound?

"Fair winds and following seas" ‒ a Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reached a thrilling speed of 801 mph while flying over the United States. While this ground speed seemingly leaves behind the speed of sound (767 mph), the jetliner did not, in fact, magically turn supersonic....