Boom Supersonic is making steady progress on the path towards certification, according to Blake Scholl, the company’s founder and CEO.

Speaking to FINN, he said: “While we continue to make progress towards certification and being ready to carry our first passengers just six years from now, the team that’s building Overture is coming together.

“We announced the team for our fuselage, our wing and our empennage, so we’re proud to be working with some of the best aerostructures in the planet, Leonardo with the fuselage, Aernnova on the wing and Aciturri on the empennage.

“Additionally, we’ve taken the cover off of Overture last year at Farnborough, we showed everybody the production configuration for the aeroplane, that beautiful fuselage and wing, and now we’ve revealed the system’s configuration for hydraulics, landing gear, flight controls avionics: the guts of the aeroplane that are continuing to mature as we get ready to go into production.”

Boom commercial order book

Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Boom’s commercial order book stands at 130 aircraft, including both orders and pre-orders from major airlines such as United, American and Japan Airlines.

Boom continues to advance with Northrop Grumman on a defence variant of Overture that will expand the market for supersonic aircraft.

Aerospace suppliers

Spain-based Aernnova, one of the world’s largest tier-one aerospace suppliers, will design and develop the wing structure for Overture. Overture’s gull wings are shaped to enhance supersonic performance as well as improve subsonic and transonic handling. The wings are structurally thinner than typical subsonic wings to reduce drag, allowing the aircraft to efficiently travel at higher speeds.

Italian company Leonardo will support Overture as the primary engineering lead for major fuselage structural components. Leonardo was also selected as design and build partner for two major fuselage sections of Overture, including the wingbox.

Boom selected Spain-based Aciturri, a tier-one leader across aerostructures and aeroengines components, to design and develop the empennage for Overture. Overture’s empennage features a differentiated horizontal stabilizer that allows for greater control at subsonic speeds—particularly takeoff and landing.
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