Overture showed up at Farnborough International Airshow with a refined design — one that’s optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability.
The production Overture design is the culmination of 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and the careful evaluation of 51 full design iterations.
With this updated configuration, Boom combines a number of engineering innovations in aerodynamics, noise reduction, and overall performance. Key features include a four-engine design, contoured fuselage and gull wings.
Overture will carry 65–80 passengers and run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It will fly Mach 1.7 over water with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. Its design elements are expertly engineered for peak supersonic performance, and it will go into production in 2024.
Here’s what top journalists are saying:
Boom Supersonic reveals a new design for its ultrafast passenger jet—with more engines (Fast Company)
“With a refined design announced Tuesday for its Mach 1.7 Overture jet, Boom Supersonic’s dream of reviving exceptionally fast commercial air travel looks a little more real.”
“It’s been almost 20 years since Concorde flew for the final time.
However, Colorado-based start up Boom Supersonic is taking some major leaps forward in its quest to make supersonic flying a reality again.
Boom has unveiled a major new design for its much anticipated Overture airliner, which will fly at twice the speed of today’s subsonic commercial jets and is expected to carry its first passengers in 2029.”
London-New York in 3.5 hours on new supersonic plane with “gull-wings” (The Independent)
“The latest designs for a supersonic jet with “gull wings”, which would enable flights between London and New York in 3.5 hours, have just been unveiled.
The Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft, which will travel at speeds of 2,100km/h (Mach 1.7) – a similar speed to Concorde – has been through 51 design iterations since work began on the project in 2017.”
“Airplanes of all sorts need wings to generate lift, and the latest version of Overture reveals that the company is going with a gull-wing shape for those critical components; the wings sweep back in a rough delta shape and have undulations to them, arcing upwards somewhat over the spot where the two engines are mounted.”
Going supersonic (Axios)
“Boom is one of a handful of companies trying to solve the problems that led to the Concorde’s demise, including economics and noise.
“Blake Scholl, Boom Supersonic CEO, joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the company’s schedule to its first flight, the next catalyst for more firm orders for Boom Supersonic and if airlines prefer cheaper fuel costs or a faster flight.”
“The future of flying has just been unveiled.”
Boom Unveils New-Look Overture And Northrop Grumman Partnership (Aviation Week)
“The airframe manufacturer has also announced a strategic partnership with Northrop Grumman to develop a special mission variant for the U.S. Government and its allies. The work follows the award earlier in 2022 of a three-year U.S. Air Force contract to expand studies of the Overture beyond that of an executive transport to include surveillance, reconnaissance, special forces deployment and other military transport roles.”
Learn more about the production Overture design here.