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Supersonic Business Jets Closer to Reality


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Looks like Aerion got an order for 20 of their design: http://aviationweek.com/nbaa-2015/flexjet-order-20-supersonic-jets-boosts-aerion

 

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Funnily enough, my book on the MiG-25 claims that the first proposal for a supersonic bizjet was a stretched Foxbat.

It'd be nice, but "lol FAA".

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Funnily enough, my book on the MiG-25 claims that the first proposal for a supersonic bizjet was a stretched Foxbat.

 

I'd say Convair beat them to the punch.

http://www.up-ship.com/apr/extras/58-9/58-9.htm

The weapon/fuel pod of a B-58 would be replaced with a new "people pod." Five seats would be installed within it. This pod would have the same external contour as the existing pod, but would be fitted out with a pressurized volume, door, windows and air conditioning system.
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Now they just need to get rid of those pesky regulations that forbid supersonic flight over many countries.

 

I recall reading that the results of NASA's Quiet Spike tests were fairly promising for boom mitigation, but they'd reached the point where they would need a purpose-built aircraft to continue. So hopefully at least a prototype for these gets built so they can do more testing.

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