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Is the door to commercial supersonic flight really starting to open?

Is the door to commercial supersonic flight really starting to open?

Ben Sandilands June 9, 2017 15 Comments

Can a 'Super' Blackbird and a fast corporate jet perform demo flights in the next five or so years?

No-one mentions elephant in sky  in ‘new’ Aerion SST ‘development’

No-one mentions elephant in sky in ‘new’ Aerion SST ‘development’

Ben Sandilands May 28, 2017 20 Comments

It's almost 3 years since Aerion did a 'deal' for supersonic jet collaboration with Airbus, but all we get is patsy PR guff that doesn't contain a single hint about progress

Silly season arrives with superfast Antipode plane story

Silly season arrives with superfast Antipode plane story

Ben Sandilands December 11, 2016 4 Comments

This is the silly season when the Australia media usually fills its editions with absurdities, which can now be declared open with another Super Concorde story

Branson’s quest for relevance goes ‘Boom’ at mach 2.2

Branson’s quest for relevance goes ‘Boom’ at mach 2.2

Ben Sandilands March 26, 2016 11 Comments

Richard Branson joins in the PR fantasy about a Concorde successor with an order for jets that will never be built

Is Concorde coming back as a restaurant, or a supersonic jet?

Is Concorde coming back as a restaurant, or a supersonic jet?

Ben Sandilands September 19, 2015 28 Comments

Plans to bring back Concorde sound more like turning a dead supersonic jet into a tourist trap beside the Thames than putting it back into service in the stratosphere where it once belonged

Aeroscopia: Inside a yet to open aviation museum of France

Aeroscopia: Inside a yet to open aviation museum of France

Ben Sandilands June 13, 2014 11 Comments

These exhibits will endure like relics, yet their intimate stories and personal connections will have faded and fallen silent, known only to the shadows and shafts of light that play over them.

Early Concorde takes its place in new Airbus museum

Early Concorde takes its place in new Airbus museum

Ben Sandilands March 14, 2014 6 Comments

Airbus has tweeted a photo of Concorde F-WTSB MSN1 (also known as Development Concorde 201) being towed into the soon to open Aeroscopia Museum beside the Airbus headquarters at Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

The day the Red Star fell to earth at Le Bourget

The day the Red Star fell to earth at Le Bourget

Ben Sandilands June 16, 2013 20 Comments

There was a flying contest at Le Bourget north of Paris 40 years ago between the dueling supersonic airliners, the Concorde, and the Soviet Union’s TU-144.

NASA revives hopes of a Concorde successor

NASA revives hopes of a Concorde successor

Ben Sandilands May 3, 2013 2 Comments

NASA studies possible study into potential low boom Concorde successor. Keep the champagne on ice.

Supersonic biz jet patent by Gulfstream revealed

Supersonic biz jet patent by Gulfstream revealed

Ben Sandilands December 20, 2012 8 Comments

The dream of unrestricted supersonic passenger flight has been boosted by US patent filings from corporate jet maker Gulfstream

US claims of supersonic breakthrough are hype, but there is progress to report

US claims of supersonic breakthrough are hype, but there is progress to report

Ben Sandilands April 6, 2012 5 Comments

  Despite some misleading headlines in the US about a NASA supersonic flight breakthrough, there is some very promising progress about sonic boom reduction to report. The Aviation Week site is so burdened with ‘waiting for Sitelife’ delays that it is damn near ‘site dead’, but you can read a comparable report in a flash […]

What will we think about Australia-Europe non-stop flights in 20 years time?

Ben Sandilands April 4, 2012 25 Comments

One of the most valued contacts this writer has in the air transport industry asked a supposedly simple question today as to ‘how do you think we will see today’s preoccupation with non-stop flights from the eastern capitals to London in 20 years time?’ The question was provoked by the terrific movie of the early […]

Boeing’s Concorde successor

Boeing’s Concorde successor

Ben Sandilands July 9, 2010 1 Comment

Boeing’s study of future options for viable supersonic flight has produced a design for a jet slightly slower than Concorde but with far more range. It would cruise at between Mach 1.6-1.8 compared to Mach 2 or slightly lower for a typical Concorde flight, and carry in a two class singe aisle configuration 120 passengers […]