Boom unveils supersonic XB-1 jet demonstrator capable of hitting speeds of Mach ...

Boom, an aviation startup, has unveiled a full-scale prototype of its supersonic jet – the first of its kind to take flight in nearly 50 years.

Called XB-1, the sleek, white aircraft is capable of reaching speeds of Mach 1.3 using three J85-15 engines that are employed by the US military to power fighter jets.

The demonstrator is set for its first test flight next year and if successful, will pave the way for the full production model Overture to carry up to 88 passengers around the world by 2029.

Overture will stretch 199 feet long and travel at more than twice the sounds of speed, with a range of 5,180 miles per hour – the firm says it can soar from New York to London in just 3.5 hours.

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Boom, an aerospace startup, has unveiled a full-scale prototype of its supersonic jet – the first of its kind to take flight in more than 50 years

Boom, an aerospace startup, has unveiled a full-scale prototype of its supersonic jet – the first of its kind to take flight in more than 50 years

Boom has been working on bringing supersonic travel back for nearly five years.

The firm first unveiled renders for XB-1 in 2016, which was set for test flights a year later and passenger trips by 2020.

And although Boom has been plagued with delays, the reveal of the XB-1 suggests it is now on track.

Boom unwrapped the prototype, dubbed ‘Baby Boom’,to the world Wednesday, revealing the supersonic jet with a 20-foot wingspan and its powerful engines made by General Electric that provide the plane with more than 12,000 pounds of thrust.

Called XB-1, the sleek, white aircraft is capable of reaching speeds of Mach 1.3 using three J85-15 engines that are employed by the US military to power fighter jets

Called XB-1, the sleek, white aircraft is capable of reaching speeds of Mach 1.3 using three J85-15 engines that are employed by the US military to power fighter jets

XB-1, however, is much smaller than its successor, as it only measures 71 feet long and has room for just a pilot.

The craft’s frame is made of a carbon composite that makes it particularly heat resistant and is equipped with a feature made famous by the Concorde – the dropping nose.

However, Baby Boom includes high-resolution cameras in the nose that assist pilots with navigating through supersonic speeds.

The craft’s frame is made of a carbon composite that makes it particularly heat resistant and is equipped with a feature made famous by the Concorde (pictured) – the dropping nose

The craft’s frame is made of a carbon composite that makes it particularly heat resistant and is equipped with a feature made famous by the Concorde (pictured) – the dropping nose 

The demonstrator (pictured) is set for its first test flight next year and if successful, will pave the way for the full production model Overture to carry up to 88 passengers around the world by 2029

The demonstrator (pictured) is set for its first test flight next year and if successful, will pave the way for the full production model Overture to carry up to 88 passengers around the world by 2029

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