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Air Force One for the 21st Century?



Exosonic, a low-boom supersonic aircraft manufacturer, has partnered with the US Air Force's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate (PE) to develop a supersonic executive transport.

Exosonic’s aircraft can provide top US leaders and diplomats rapid transportation around the world to meet with world leaders or react to developing situations on the ground. By utilizing Exosonic's boom softening techniques, the passengers can travel overland and overwater at supersonic speeds, pending regulations, to roughly reduce their cruise times in half compared to existing aircraft.

Artist concept of Exosonic’s low boom supersonic airliner converted into an executive transport aircraft.

Artist concept of Exosonic’s low boom supersonic airliner converted into an executive transport aircraft.

In response to Exosonic’s award, Brig. Gen. Britton, Program Executive Officer of PE said:

“The Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate is extremely excited to team with Exosonic on our quest to transform the future of executive airlift. As always, we are proud to be leading the charge to deliver cutting-edge technology to the world. Transporting key decision makers and teams around the world in half the time can be the difference between success and failure. Exosonic is a key player in getting us there. By teaming with industry, we are proving the United States Air Force can deliver technology leaps while maximizing return on taxpayer investment.”

PE’s contract, sponsored by the Air Force Research Lab, will support Exosonic’s efforts to develop and modify the company’s 70-passenger commercial supersonic airliner to serve as a 31-passenger executive transport vehicle. These modifications will include reconfiguring the aircraft cabin and will include the required accommodations, communications equipment, and security measures that allow US leaders and their guests to work and rest onboard the aircraft.

“The future for global rapid passenger travel is low-boom supersonic flight. Low boom allows travelers to fly at supersonic speeds without generating disruptive booms for those on the ground,” said Norris Tie, CEO of Exosonic. “Exosonic is excited to win this contract as it represents not only commercial but government promise for low-boom supersonic travel.”

In partnership with the US Air Force, Exosonic will continue to develop technology that will not only advance the critical missions of our nation but also enhance our commercial abilities to bring quiet supersonic travel to all.

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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 8th April 2021 | Issue #600


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