What’s Trending in Aerospace – October 11, 2020 – Aviation Today

What’s Trending in Aerospace – October 11, 2020 – Aviation Today

Check out the Oct. 11 edition of What’s Trending in Aerospace, where editors and contributors for Avionics International bring you some of the latest headlines happening across the global aerospace industry.

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Supersonic Air Travel Takes Another Step Towards Independence

Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl did an online rollout of the company’s X-B1 demonstrator on Oct. 7. (Boom Supersonic)

Boom Supersonic, a commercial aerospace company, unveiled the XB-1, a supersonic demonstrator, according to an Oct. 7 press release. XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet.

Built with a carbon-composite airframe and standing 71-feet-long, the XB-1 is designed for the stress of a supersonic flight. It uses three J85-15 General Electric engines producing 12,000 pounds of thrust.

“Boom continues to make progress towards our founding mission—making the world dramatically more accessible,” Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, said. “XB-1 is an important milestone towards the development of our commercial airliner, Overture, making sustainable supersonic flight mainstream and fostering human connection.”

XB-1 will be tested in a 100 percent carbon-neutral flight program and is expected to fly in 2021.

Boom is developing a supersonic commercial jet, Overture, which is expected to roll out in 2025. XB-1 will demonstrate technologies that will be used for Overture. The Denver, Colorado-based company expects to start flight testing the XB-1 next year.

British Airways Last Boeing 747s Fly for the Last Time

British Airways’ remaining two Boeing 747 aircraft based at Heathrow taxied for take off for the last time on Oct. 8. (British Airways)

British Airways’ remaining two Boeing 747 aircraft based at Heathrow taxied for take off for the last time on Oct. 8, according to a press release published by the airline.

To commemorate the occasion, the two
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