Aircraft today are dramatically quieter than 50 years ago, but they still produce considerable noise. Here’s how that’s changing.

New aircraft generate considerably less noise than their predecessors. Aircraft engines today are significantly quieter, thanks to dramatic advancements in aircraft engine design.

When you think of airports, what sound comes to mind? Whether it’s roaring engines, tires touching down or aircraft gear raising, each is considered aircraft environmental noise.

It might surprise you that today, aircraft are dramatically quieter than 50 years ago. A number of advancements have each helped to reduce aircraft noise, including:

But, what factors make aircraft noisy in the first place? …

The National Aviation Hall of Fame joins Boom to recognize six barrier-breaking aviators during Women’s History Month.

In 1932, Jackie Cochran earned her pilot’s license in three weeks. From that moment on, breaking barriers in aviation became her life.

Can you name the first woman to break the sound barrier or win a national air race? You will soon.

As part of Women’s History Month, Boom teamed up with the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) to spotlight six barrier-breaking women and bring their stories forward. These aviators broke barriers of gender, class, race — and sound — and made an indelible contribution to aviation and the world we live in.

Bessie Coleman

Boom is envisioning a recycling process that may not begin for 40 years but requires attention now.

Boom is building sustainability into every aspect of Overture, its supersonic commercial airliner, including the eventual decommissioning of the aircraft.

When an inventor builds a new product, they’re most likely not thinking about the inexorable end of its useful life. The eventual resting place of a product 20 or even 50 years into the future is difficult to imagine. Whether it’s a better light bulb or a safer propane tank, inventors focus on solving a problem and getting a product into the hands of customers rather than its disposal.

For Boom, a product’s entire life cycle is equally important, including its retirement from the market. Boom is building sustainability into every aspect of Overture, its supersonic commercial airliner, including the…

Following an Air Force career testing helicopters and airplanes, Jeff Mabry will lead Boom’s flight control room team when XB-1 goes supersonic.

Boom Chief Flight Test Engineer Jeff Mabry will take XB-1 through close to 40 ground tests before flight tests in the Mojave Desert.

Jeff Mabry is ready to make history. As Boom’s Chief Flight Test Engineer, he’s preparing the XB-1 team for ground and flight tests. When the time comes for XB-1 to go supersonic, he’ll lead the control room team, ensuring a safe and efficient flight test program in California’s Mojave Desert.

Jeff joined Boom following an extensive career as a U.S. Air Force test pilot, where he flew more than 2,600 hours in 34 different aircraft, including the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and C-12 Huron airplane. …

For speed, innovation and secrecy, no aircraft of its era came close to the SR-71 Blackbird. See it today at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Image courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

What av geek doesn’t love speed, new technologies, advanced manufacturing methods, and the mysteries of a secret government program? Many aircraft embody these features, but none come close to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

It purposely leaked fuel on the ground, had tires filled with nitrogen, and was made from one of the most expensive metals on earth. And, it’s still the world’s fastest plane.

Boom Supersonic explored the iconic Blackbird during a recent Museum Monday Twitter chat, with Senior Curator Matthew Burchette at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where the Museum’s M-21 took center stage. It’s the first of the rare…

A letter from Boom Founder & CEO Blake Scholl

Today marks an important milestone for Boom and our future passengers. We’re thrilled to announce that Overture will be joining the United Airlines fleet. United has purchased 15 Overture supersonic airliners and secured options on another 35. We’ve been working behind the scenes with United for some time, discussing how Overture will be a compelling part of the United network. The power of supersonic will augment United’s mission to connect the world.

As a frequent United flyer, I’m especially excited to bring Overture to one of the world’s most innovative airlines…

Interested in a supersonic career? Here’s what two engineers had to say about the experience.

Senior Structural Engineer Gustavo Silva is a mechanical and aerospace engineer by training, but works as a software engineer and numerical methods expert. He supports multiple engineering teams in determining how to best solve problems mathematically. Then, he helps implement the software that makes the math a reality, bridging the communication gap between multiple-discipline experts.

Aerodynamics engineer Marshall Gusman leads the preliminary design of Boom’s supersonic airliner, Overture. He works with teams across the organization, and specifically the engineering disciplines, to develop the best overall aircraft design to meet every requirement.

Is it possible to design a supersonic jet that doesn’t compromise visibility during descent? Boom is making sure of that through cockpit display technology.

Concorde’s iconic droop nose. NASA’s X-59 eXternal Visibility Display. Boom’s XB-1 Forward Looking Vision System. Throughout the years, we’ve seen a variety of solutions aimed at solving one of supersonic’s biggest design challenges: visualization of the runway.

Creating an aircraft design to maximize pilot visibility is a unique challenge to supersonic because of its association with aerodynamic performance. The longer the fuselage and more swept the wing, the higher the angle of attack and less visibility is granted out the forward window during landing. As a result, locking a design that considers the descent as much as high-speed cruise can…

Boom is the first commercial aircraft manufacturer to incorporate sustainability into vehicle design from day one. Learn more about our drive toward a net zero carbon future.

We believe that sustainability is about not just reducing impact, but driving forward cleaner, more environmentally-friendly innovation for the future. Travel is a fundamental part of what it means to be human, enabling more access, connection, and experiences across the globe. Travel is essential to sustainable development.

That’s why we chose to incorporate sustainability from day one of founding. Our aircraft will be designed for net zero carbon flight because we believe faster travel and sustainability must go hand-in-hand.

From the design, assembly, performance, and even retirement of our aircraft, we lead with a supersonic commitment to sustainability.

Here is our promise for the future of travel.

Overture, the…

Boom and Japan Airlines share more about the experience of supersonic flight and the value it holds for travelers.

Historically, supersonic flight has been an experience reserved for military pilots, air racers, and even astronauts. But thanks in part to the collaboration between Boom and Japan Airlines, access to supersonic speed will soon become a reality for millions of travelers worldwide.

In 2017, Boom and Japan Airlines formed a strategic partnership aimed at developing Overture, the world’s fastest and most sustainable airliner. Investing $10 million with the option to purchase up to 20 Overture aircraft, Japan Airlines has continued to support Boom’s supersonic vision by sharing expertise and perspective on operation and the inflight experience.

Why does this matter?

The return of supersonic…

Boom Supersonic

From the desk of the employees at Boom Supersonic. The start-up building the fastest commercial airplane. Ever.

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