Boom Technology

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Boom Technology, Inc.
IndustryAerospace industry
Founded2014; 9 years ago (2014)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
FoundersBlake Scholl
Joe Wilding
Josh Krall
HeadquartersCentennial Airport, Dove Valley, Colorado
Key people
  • Blake Scholl (CEO)
  • Joe Wilding (Chief Engineer)
  • Josh Krall (CTO)
ProductsSupersonic aircraft design
Number of employees

Boom Technology, Inc. (trade name Boom Supersonic) is an American company designing a Mach 1.7 (1,000 kn; 1,800 km/h), 65-88-passenger supersonic airliner. Named the Boom Overture, the airliner has a planned range of 4,250 nmi (7,870 km) and introduction in 2029. The Boom XB-1 Baby Boom one-third-scale demonstrator first test flight was planned for September 2022 but then delayed until around mid-2023.[2]

After incubation by Y Combinator in 2016, Boom Technology raised $51 million venture capital in 2017, and an additional $100 million by January 2019.


The company was founded in Denver in 2014.[3] It participated in a Y Combinator startup incubation program in early 2016, and has been funded by Y Combinator, Sam Altman, Seraph Group, Eight Partners, and others.[4]

In March 2017, $33 million were invested by several venture funds: Continuity Fund, RRE Ventures, Palm Drive Ventures, 8VC and Caffeinated Capital.[5] Boom secured $41 million of total financing by April 2017.[6] In December 2017, Japan Airlines invested $10 million, raising the company capital to $51 million: enough to build the XB-1 “Baby Boom” demonstrator and complete its testing, and to start early design work on the 55-seat airliner.[5] In January 2019, Boom raised a further $100 million, bringing the total to $151 million, then planning the demonstrator first flight for later in 2019.[7][8]

In January 2022, the company announced plans to build a 400,000 square feet (37,161 m2) manufacturing facility on a 65 acres (263,046 m2) site at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina.[9]


XB-1 Baby Boom[edit]

The XB-1 Baby Boom is a one-third-scale supersonic demonstrator, designed to maintain Mach 2.2, with over 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) of range, and powered by three 4,300 lbf (19 kN) dry General Electric J85-15s.[10] It was rolled out in October 2020.[11][12] By 2021, it was expected to be flight tested in 2022[13] but delays pushed the expected first flight to mid-2023.[2]

Overture airliner[edit]

The Overture is a proposed Mach 1.7 (1,000 kn; 1,800 km/h), 65- to 88-passenger supersonic transport with envisaged 4,250 nmi (7,870 km) of range.[14] With 500 viable routes, Boom suggests there could be a market for 1,000 supersonic airliners with business class fares.[6] It had gathered 76 commitments by December 2017.[5] It decided to use the delta wing configuration of Concorde[15] and make use of composite materials.[5] It is to be powered by three 15,000–20,000 lbf (67–89 kN) dry turbofan engines.[5] A derivative or a clean-sheet design was to be selected in 2019.[16]

In September 2020, the company announced that it had been contracted to develop the Overture for possible use as Air Force One.[17] Boom CEO Blake Scholl "estimates that flights on Overture will be available in 2030."[18]

In January 2021, Boom announced plans to begin Overture test flights in 2026.[19] In June 2021, United Airlines announced that it had signed a deal to purchase 15 Boom Overture aircraft, with an option to buy 35 more. They are scheduled to begin operating in 2029.[20][21]

On August 16, 2022, Boom announced that American Airlines had agreed to purchase 20 Boom Overture aircraft.[22]

Symphony engine[edit]

In December 2022, Boom announced the Symphony, a new propulsion system to be designed for the Overture. Boom will work with three companies to develop Symphony: Florida Turbine Technologies for engine design, GE Additive for additive technology design consulting, and StandardAero for maintenance.[23][24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boom Supersonic". Archived from the original on 2021-05-02. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Scholl, Blake (February 23, 2023). "How I Built This -Transcript" (Podcast). Event occurs at 29:06. Retrieved March 11, 2023. " We're going to take it down to the Mojave Desert for flight test probably around the middle of this year."
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee (21 March 2016). "This Aerospace Company Wants to Bring Supersonic Civilian Travel Back". Bloomberg.
  4. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (23 March 2016). "This Startup Is Developing Supersonic Planes for Virgin Group". Fortune.
  5. ^ a b c d e Stephen Trimble (5 Dec 2017). "JAL invests heavily in supersonic Boom". Flightglobal.
  6. ^ a b Aaron Karp (May 3, 2017). "Boom CEO sees market for 1,000 supersonic passenger jets by 2035". Air Transport World. Aviation Week.
  7. ^ "Boom Supersonic Closes 100 Million Series B to Develop Overture, its Revolutionary Mach-2.2 Airliner" (PDF) (Press release). Boom Supersonic. 4 January 2019.
  8. ^ Bogaisky, Jeremy (Jan 4, 2019). "Boom Raises $100M To Develop A Supersonic Airliner. It's Going To Need A Whole Lot More". Forbes.
  9. ^ Niles, Russ (31 January 2022). "Boom Picks Greensboro For Factory". AVweb. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  10. ^ Guy Norris (Jul 10, 2018). "Boom Focuses On Derivative Engines For Supersonic Airliner Plan". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  11. ^ "Boom Supersonic to Roll Out Historic XB-1 Demonstrator Oct. 7" (PDF) (Press release). Boom Supersonic. Jul 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "A revival of ultrafast supersonic passenger jet travel is inching closer to reality – take a look at the prototype debuting in October". Business Insider. Jul 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Hemmerdinger, Jon (27 April 2021). "First flight of Boom's XB-1 demonstrator could happen next year". Flight Global.
  14. ^ "Overture". Boom Supersonic. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  15. ^ Bjorn Fehrm (November 17, 2016). "Will Boom succeed where Concorde failed?". Leeham News.
  16. ^ Graham Warwick (January 23, 2019). "Boom Advances Overture Supersonic Airliner As Demonstrator Takes Shape". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  17. ^ Cook, Marc (8 September 2020). "Boom Enters Supersonic Air Force One Race". AVweb. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  18. ^ Hersey, Jon (October 7, 2020). "Reinventing Flight: An Interview with Blake Scholl". The Objective Standard. Vol. 15, no. 4. Glen Allen Press. p. 9.
  19. ^ Michael Verdon (January 14, 2021). "Supersonic Aircraft Can Now Be Tested Over Land, FAA Rules". Robb Report.
  20. ^ Fox, Chris (June 5, 2021). "United plans supersonic passenger flights by 2029". BBC.
  21. ^ Bachman, Justin (Jun 3, 2021). "United Bets on Supersonic Future With $3 Billion Boom Jet Order". Bloomberg.
  22. ^ LeBeau, Phil (2022-08-16). "American Airlines agrees to buy 20 supersonic planes from Boom". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  23. ^ "Boom Supersonic announces new developers for Overture engine". Retrieved 2022-12-14.
  24. ^ Pegoraro, Rob (2022-12-13). "Boom Supersonic Finally Picks Engine Provider, and It's Not Who You Think". PCMAG.

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