First Independently Developed Supersonic Jet Takes Flight

First Independently Developed Supersonic Jet Takes Flight | World War Wings Videos

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The world’s first independently developed supersonic jet, the XB-1, finally flew for the first time at Mojave Air & Space Port in California last March 22.

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The XB-1 was flown by Chief Test Pilot Bill “Doc” Shoemaker, while Test Pilot Tristan “Geppetto” Brandenburg flew the T-36 chase plane that monitored the jet in-flight.

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During the flight, the XB-1 managed to reach an altitude of 7,120 feet and a speed of 273 mph.

The flight served to test the plane’s handling qualities and stability while in descent. They are now gradually gearing up the XB-1 to reach beyond the Mach 1 speed of 767 mph.

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Furthermore, the XB-1 is expected to provide the foundation for “Overture”, the company’s planned supersonic airliner.

Overture will be manufactured at a Greensboro, N.C., plant that Boom expects to finish construction on this year.

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The plane is being designed to carry 64 to 80 passengers at up to 1,300 mph, about twice the speed of today’s subsonic commercial jets. 

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