The XB-1 demonstration aircraft from boom, a supersonic aviation start-up, is making progress and will prove its technology and pave the way for the construction of its future commercial supersonic airliner,media TechCrunch reported. The Denver-based start-up has partnered with Flight Research, Inc., which specializes in flight testing and certification, as well as pilot training.
The XB-1 demonstration aircraft will be tested with the support of Flight Research, Inc., and Boom hopes its aircraft will fly over the Mojave Desert during supersonic testing. As part of the deal, Flight Research will provide Boom with a suspension at Mojave Airport for its flight and aircraft to the Toom 38 Talon supersonic trainer. Both aircraft will be used to train XB-1 test pilots and track Boom aircraft during flight for observation.
Boom is building the XB-1, which will be used to test and refine overture, the passenger commercial aircraft it ultimately wants to build. Boom has said the development of the supersonic aircraft model subscale XB-1 has led to improvements in the design elements used to construct Overture. Flight control and engines on the XB-1 have been completed, the company is now making final changes to the cockpit structure, about half of the work remains on the aircraft, and a third of the wing structure is still in progress. The company is currently planning its first flight later this year.