Boom Supersonic has hired former Boeing executive Scott Powell as the company’s senior vice president of Symphony, the engine system for Overture.

In his new role, Powell will be responsible for leading the development, industrialisation, certification, and integration of Symphony.

Powell brings nearly four decades of propulsion leadership in some of the world’s premier aerospace programmes.

Prior to joining Boom, Powell spent 38 years at Boeing, where he managed complete propulsion integrated product teams for airframes such as the Boeing 787-8 and -9, the B-52J, KC-46 Tanker, and Joint Strike Fighter.

‘Significant design progress on Symphony’

“We’ve made significant design progress on Symphony,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom. “Adding Scott’s leadership and experience overseeing certifications for a wide range of civil and military propulsion systems only further strengthens our path forward with Symphony. We’re thrilled to have him onboard.”

Powell said: “I’m inspired by the considerable progress already achieved with Symphony, and I look forward to working with the team on the propulsion system that will power the future of sustainable supersonic travel.

“I’ll draw upon the extensive experiences gained from my working relationships with industry-leading propulsion system partners and suppliers on a wide range of engine development programs along with the knowledge of the airplane interface challenges.”

Boom announced at the Paris Air Show significant advances on Overture, its sustainable supersonic aircraft, including milestones for its Symphony engine.

Boom signed structural supplier agreements with Aernnova for Overture’s wings, Leonardo for the fuselage and wing box, and Aciturri for the empennage.

The three aerospace leaders join Boom’s growing network of global suppliers which includes Safran Landing Systems, Eaton, Collins Aerospace, Flight Safety International, FTT, GE Additive, and StandardAero. Boom also revealed today, for the first time, Overture’s full systems configuration as the aircraft program advances toward production.
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