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Is An SSBJ In Your Future?

by John M. White |

Boy, if the gang in Congress were upset over the auto manufacturers having flight departments, think of the ire that will be raised when your company purchases its very own supersonic business jet (SSBJ)! Yes, it is getting nearer and nearer, says Richard Tracy, founder and chief technology officer of Aerion Corporation. Aerion Corporation has been working on a business SST for some time now, and in August of 2008 discovered in wind tunnel tests that its predictions on speed, range and fuel consumption were correct. This has led the company to predict that it will have some joint partners in the project by the end of this year. Supersonic Business Jet Sometime within the next 12 months a NASA F-15 will begin testing the wing design for the aircraft at supersonic speeds, and it appears the U.S. and Europe are reaching agreements about supersonic flight over land.  But many problems, including some that are non-technical, remain to be solved. Among them are concerns about the black hole business aviation seems to be falling into. Fears are the aircraft could be a technological success and a business bust. Only time will tell. In the meantime look out Congress! This time businessmen coming to the government trough will get to Washington quicker! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 I confess that in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. . . . Ever since, I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions. — Wilbur Wright, in a speech to the Aero Club of France, 5 November 1908

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