Boom Supersonic announces successful flight of the XB-1

The inaugural flight of XB-1 marks a major milestone toward the return of supersonic travel.

Boom Supersonic today announced the successful flight of XB-1, the independently developed supersonic jet, at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California.

Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic said: “Today, XB-1 took flight in the same hallowed airspace where the Bell X-1 first broke the sound barrier in 1947.

“I’ve been looking forward to this flight since founding Boom in 2014, and it marks the most significant milestone yet on our path to bring supersonic travel to passengers worldwide.”

XB-1 was flown by Boom Chief Test Pilot Bill “Doc” Shoemaker and Test Pilot Tristan “Geppetto” Brandenburg flew the T-38 chase aircraft which monitored the flight.

XB-1 took off from the Mojave Air & Space Port and flew in the same airspace that hosted many historic first flights, including the flights of the Bell X-1, the North American X-15, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

XB-1 met all of its test objectives, including safely and successfully achieving an altitude of 7,120 feet and speeds up to 238 knots (273 mph).

Bill “Doc” Shoemaker, Chief Test Pilot for Boom Supersonic said: “Everyone on the XB-1 team should be incredibly proud of this achievement.

“It has been a privilege to share this journey with so many dedicated and talented professionals. The experience we have gained in reaching this milestone will be invaluable to Boom’s revival of supersonic travel.”