The company expects the first aircraft will be completed by 2025 and enter service in 2029.
The “low-boom” X-59 underwent wind-tunnel testing at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. It’s expected to make its first flight later this year.
The company plans to build its Mach 1.7 Overture business jet at a new North Carolina facility.
The grant will fast-track development of Boom’s Overture, as the jetmaker foresees multiple supersonic missions for the Air Force.
The Hermeus jet has a projected top speed of Mach 5.5—or 4,219 mph—making it the fastest reusable jet on the planet.
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The airline plans to buy the Overture jets from Boom Supersonic to make its fleet faster and more sustainable.
Aerion said that it could not raise enough capital to fund production of its new AS2 supersonic business jet.
That will show how well “boomless”—aka zero sonic boom—technology works at sound-barrier-breaking speeds.