Supersonic aircraft developer Boom has partnered with US training support and services company Flight Research (FRI) to test its XB-1 technology demonstrator in a supersonic corridor stretching across the Mojave Desert. 

Construction of the XB-1 is now under way at Boom’s facility in Denver, Colorado, and flight testing is scheduled to begin later this year.

Source: Boom Supersonic

The Overture supersonic airliner is scheduled to enter service in the mid-2020s

The demonstrator will be used to test and refine the final design of Boom’s Mach 2.2 commercial aircraft, called Overture, which is expected to enter service in the mid-2020s. 

Boom says under the terms of the deal, FRI will provide a hangar at its headquarters at the Mojave Air and Space Port to house the XB-1 flight-test effort. The company will also supply a two-seat Northrop T-38 Talon supersonic twinjet, which will be used both to train the XB-1 pilots and tail the XB-1 during flight testing.

Boom will also create what it calls a “custom state-of-the-art space” at FRI’s Mojave base to support the XB-1. This includes a fully instrumented flight-test control room and an XB-1 simulator room with cockpit and visual displays.

Source: Boom Supersonic

Supersonic corridor in Mojave Desert

“Flight Research provides essential equipment and superior facilities [at Mojave], enabling us to finalise and fly XB-1,” says Boom founder and chief executive Blake Scholl. 

“We specifically selected the T-38 for our flight-test programme because of its similar flight characteristics and ability to chase the XB-1 through low-speed supersonic flight. This is an exciting time at Boom and we’re glad to have a partner in FRI to help us get to the finish line.”