Boom Supersonic XB-1 Demonstrator Won’t Fly In 2023

Daniel Fowkes
30 Dec 2023
· Aircraft 
Boom has once more missed its timeline for a first flight of the XB-1 demonstrator as it continues to edge closer to its prospective deadline for producing the full-scale Overture which will mark a return to Supersonic travel.

Boom Supersonic has once more missed a timeline for its XB-1 Demonstrator’s first flight, a feat it promised would occur for several years now.

During 2023, Boom announced on several occasions it was on track for a 2023 first flight of the XB-1. However, it has now been revealed this won’t be happening.

Boom’s XB-1 Delays

Throughout 2023, Boom has ticked off critical milestones in the XB-1 program that could allow for the first flight to occur this year.

Boom says that the XB-1 is configured for flight. However, the first flight will now be planned for early 2024 with no specific month/timeframe other than “early.”

While we didn’t get to see XB-1 take flight this year, that historic moment is now imminent. We always knew building the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet would be challenging, and I remain proud of our progress towards supersonic flight.

Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic.

Three successful safety enhancements have been made to the XB-1 thus far, which is a crucial reason Boom says they’ve been forced to veer off schedule for the XB-1’s first flight.

However, Boom Supersonic’s first flight of the XB-1 has been promised since the turn of the decade and has continued to be pushed back.

Additionally, several analysts are critical of how the XB-1 will benefit Boom’s full-scale Overture following the 2022 major redesign to the program, which gave Overture a fourth engine.

The Upcoming Overture

Boom Supersonic is focused on developing a supersonic passenger aircraft, with their flagship project named “Overture.”

If released, the aircraft will mark a return to Supersonic travel and revolutionise it once more, bringing fast and efficient flying between points around the world.

Boom hopes it can bring maximum efficiency towards Overture to align with several customers’ and government bodies’ upcoming regulations regarding emissions.

Overture will now feature four engines, following a substantial redesign revealed in 2022. The mission would be to enter the aircraft into service by the end of the 2020s.

Criticism Of Boom Is High

Despite Boom’s substantial ambitions within the industry, several parties are also very critical of its place and how promising its business case is.

Boom targets a substantial market for Supersonic travel looking into the 2030s and has successfully attracted high-profile customers such as American Airlines and United. However, undoubtedly included in these contracts are clauses for an easy exit.

As a result, this poses the question of whether the deals from the respective companies are more directed toward shareholders and, for PR purposes, to indicate the airline is forward-thinking.

Boom’s timeline for EIS, production beginning, first flight and such has thus far been wildly inaccurate. The XB-1, affectionately known as ‘Baby Boom’, was initially expected to fly towards the latter stages of the 2010s. However, now Boom cites an early 2024 debut.

Despite these delays, construction of its Superfactory has continued and progressed rapidly. However, other visible concerns are present involving funding for the project amid the realisation the project will cost more than Boom has.

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  1. anyone with half an ounce of critical thinking has been scratching their heads in wonder
    wonder why people would invest
    wonder why the airlines that invested didnt listen to those saying its a dream that cant met
    i mean, at its core, to put it all in perspective, they (boom) think that (provided they meet all the timeframes, something they havent got a good track record off) and produce the same amount of a350’s as airbus, in the same amount of time frame, all from a ZERO production knowledge, or even great data about flying etc

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      You certainly make some valid points, Jeremy. Many would argue any investments are done so ina manners that will not be detrimental to the company in question if Boomwerere to go under a,nd in the case of the airlin,es can be viewed as fantastic PR. I’ll be interested to see what happens. Thanks for reading and supporting!

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