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Cessna Supersonic Business Jet?

by John M. White |

Many in the bizjet field believe that there is a market for a supersonic business jet that can travel at Mach 1.5 with a price tag of around $ 80 million. Given the price of the current stable of bizjets an $ 80 million cost would not deter many major corporation for securing one of their own. Dassault, the French aircraft manufacturer, and Gulfstream both claim to be working on their own versions of a SSBJ (super sonic business net) which would carry 8 to 12 passengers 4,000 nautical miles. It is known that the famous Skunkworks of Lockheed is developing the Quite Supersonic Transport aircraft which is focusing on softening the sonic boom but given the current fuel crisis and pressure on companies regarding the environment  may be a killer for the project. But now the rumor mill claims that Cessna is quietly working on its own version of an SSBJ, so look out world! Cessna has continually surprised the market with its new offerings after its humble beginnings, so offering its own design for a SSBJ should not come as a surprise. Several companies such as Quiet Supersonic Jets and Aerion Corporation are already working with General Electric and Rolls Royce on engines, and exploring whether to use a natural laminar flow wing or a delta-canard wing for their new aircraft. My how far we have come from the first business aircraft to speeding around the world in a biz super sonic jet!  If Cessna is truly working on it can it be far away? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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