DENVER, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boom Technology today unveiled the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. On display for the first time ever at Boom's Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport, the XB-1, nicknamed " Baby Boom," will be unveiled this evening at an exclusive VIP event for airline and aerospace executives and media. The XB-1 is the world's fastest civil aircraft ever made, and it will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for affordable supersonic travel.
"60 years after the dawn of the jet age, we're still flying at 1960s speeds," said Blake Scholl, chief executive officer and founder of Boom. "Concorde's designers didn't have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do. Today, we're proud to unveil our first aircraft as we look forward to first flight late next year." First flight of the XB-1 is planned for late 2017. Subsonic flight test will be conducted east of Denver; supersonic test flights will be conducted near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, in partnership with Virgin Galactic's The Spaceship Company. The XB-1 is a technically representative ¿-scale version of the production Boom airliner. "I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights," said Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. "As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic's decision to work with Boom was an easy one. We're excited to have an option on Boom's first 10 airframes. Through Virgin Galactic's manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions." "The Boom airliner will be a core part of the intercontinental airline fleet," said Mike Boyd, Boyd Group International. "Travelers are hungry for faster flights and airlines will be excited for a differentiated and profitable option for their premium travelers." The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator will fly with hardware from General Electric (engines), Honeywell (avionics), Tencate (carbon fiber), with composite structures fabricated by Blue Force. Final assembly and vehicle integration are taking place in Boom's facility at Centennial Airport.