|Concordiboom......is just around the corner ?|
A few of us will fondly remember the Concorde supersonic jet which last flew in 2003, and even fewer are happy to keep it as a fond memory, and a technological folly as successive Governments on both sides of the channel (UK and France) habitually starved the ongoing Concorde development of much needed funding. Now a new attempt to reintroduce supersonic travel is being touted around.
Aviation expert Julian Bray broadcasting live on BBC World Service last night, cautioned that a long road lies ahead even if early supersonic jet prototypes are to be flying by 2018. The time gained is marginal when you consider that everyone now has access to the internet streaming and Skype so the demand for rapid transit between distant cities for eye to eye contact is not that important as the internet is still much faster!
Now a Mr Blake Scholl, armed with a scale model of his prototype is pounding the corridors of the Paris Air Show, trying to whip up some enthusiasm for ritually tearing up stacks of $1000 dollar bills, for a new bash at it. Mr Scholl, styles himself founder and CEO of Boom Technology, Scholl says air travel could again be supersonic in just a few years time and he has the answer. But could it be Boom AND bust?
Scholl says he's flying BOOMs first prototype by end of 2018. "We're looking at passengers in the early 2020s. That flight from San Francisco to Tokyo that takes 11 hours today will with Boom shrink to less than five and a half hours."
Scholl speaking on BBC World Service last night said his aircraft would benefit from aerospace technology enhanced aerodynamics, utilise carbonfibre construction and turbo fan jet engine concepts. He conceded The Concorde project never turned a profit, but Scholl says new development technology makes his company's jets faster and less costly for passengers. What he does not say is where the development funding is coming from but points to the fact that five airlines have already signed up to operate the Boom Supersonic just as soon is it can be safely delivered
"Concorde was designed half a century ago with slide rules and wind tunnels. Today we've got better aerodynamics, new materials, better engines, and all that adds up to a 75 percent reduction in operating cost," he said. Scholl said 1,300 supersonic jets could be built over 10 years, according to third-party projections. Aviation Expert Julian Bray says its more a case of Boom or bust, hopefully backers have very deep pockets or it might be a case of the latter...
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