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Ahead by a nose – NASA shows its testing skills

My colleague Steve Trimble went to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ annual symposium this year, and met some of my personal heroes like Eric “Winkle” Brown. I wanted to go, but a least he brought me back a video. So I have picked a couple of my favourite clips. The first is of NASA […]

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A supersonic bizjet in Hawker Beechcraft’s future?

Remember DARPA’s Quiet Supersonic Platform programme? It’s best known for proving that an aircraft can be shaped to modify its sonic boom. But the industry teams involved also completed substantial conceptual design work on low-boom supersonic strike aircraft – and business jets. Now Hawker Beechcraft, which as Raytheon Aircraft was part of Northrop Grumman’s QSP […]

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NBAA: supersonics – which boom is the problem?

With all the manufacturers busy working on new products to appear over the next year or so, proponents of supersonic business jets are struggling to get a hearing. It’s particularly tough for the two independent teams that need an OEM to get their designs off the drawing board. There are essentially three players with three […]

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The $2bn supersonic question

There is interest in supersonic business jets, no doubt. The question is whether anyone will build one anytime soon. And the next question always is: who would buy one? At $2 billion to develop an SSBJ and $80 million to buy one, these are good questions. Gulfstream and Dassault are studying SSBJs. Even Cessna is […]

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