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‘Baby Boom’ takes flight

Boom Supersonic, the company attempting to build the world’s fastest airliner, successfully flew its technology demonstrator, the XB-1, for the first time on March 22

Dawn of a new supersonic age?

In a recent Key Publishing special magazine called ‘21st Century Airliners’, Mark Broadbent examines the contenders and challenges of building new supersonic commercial aircraft

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Boeing 2707 SST: More than just a mock-up

Andreas Spaeth joins Boeing historian Michael Lombardi to climb inside the nose section of the 1969 2707 mock-up in Washington state

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Taking the Lightning to Mach 2: Pilot recalls record-breaking flight

On November 25, 1958 the English Electric P.1B, XA847, became the first British aircraft to fly at Mach 2. The pilot, ex BAC chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalled, in the January 1983 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, this and earlier flights carried out by him during the Lightning’s development

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Aviation sustainability: Why United Airlines is very optimistic

From eVTOLs to the supersonic Boom aircraft: United Airlines has no shortage of pioneering projects in the pipeline. Richard Schuurman catches up with Lauren Riley, its chief sustainability officer, to learn more.

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How realistic is Boom’s supersonic ambition?

There has been plenty of news from Boom Supersonic in recent months, but one key announcement is still missing: who will supply the engines? Richard Schuurman reports

American Airlines goes supersonic in 60-jet megadeal

US major could acquire up to 60 supersonic airliners under new purchase agreement. Read here on Key.Aero to find out more...

Historic Aviation Quiz: Concorde Edition

Concorde made its final passenger flight 19 years ago, but how well do you know this legendary Speedbird?

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First flight of the Bell X-1

On this day January 19, 1946 the Bell X-1 made its first flight…

USAF contracts Exosonic to develop ‘Red Air’ supersonic UAV

Exosonic has been awarded a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract by the USAF to develop a low boom supersonic UAV demonstrator that could be used to support adversary air training operations