Boom Technology

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Boom Technology, Inc.
IndustryAerospace industry
Founded2014; 7 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), 55-passenger supersonic airliner. Named the Boom Overture, the airliner is planned to have a range of 4,250 nmi (7,870 km) and to be introduced in 2029.

After being incubated by Y Combinator in 2016, Boom Technology raised $51 million of venture capital in 2017, and $100 million by January 2019. The Boom XB-1 Baby Boom one-third-scale demonstrator is expected to begin flight testing in 2021.


The company was founded in Denver in 2014.[2] 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.[3]

In March 2017, $33 million were invested by several venture funds: Continuity Fund, RRE Ventures, Palm Drive Ventures, 8VC and Caffeinated Capital.[4] Boom secured $41 million of total financing by April 2017.[5] 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.[4] 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.[6][7]


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.[8] It is expected to be flight tested in 2021.[9][10] A simulator for the XB-1 has been constructed using X-Plane 11 to test the flight model.[11]

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.[12] With 500 viable routes, Boom suggests there could be a market for 1,000 supersonic airliners with business class fares.[5] It had gathered 76 commitments by December 2017.[4] It would keep the delta wing configuration of Concorde[13] but would be built with composite materials.[4] It would be powered by three dry 15,000–20,000 lbf (67–89 kN) turbofans;[4] a derivative or a clean-sheet design will be selected in 2019.[14]

In September 2020, the company announced that it had been contracted to develop the Overture for possible use as Air Force One.[15] Boom CEO Blake Scholl "estimates that flights on Overture will be available in 2030."[16]

In January 2021, Boom announced plans to begin Overture test flights in 2026.[17] In June, 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 servicing passengers in 2029.[18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boom Supersonic". Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  2. ^ Vance, Ashlee (21 March 2016). "This Aerospace Company Wants to Bring Supersonic Civilian Travel Back". Bloomberg.
  3. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (23 March 2016). "This Startup Is Developing Supersonic Planes for Virgin Group". Fortune.
  4. ^ a b c d e Stephen Trimble (5 Dec 2017). "JAL invests heavily in supersonic Boom". Flightglobal.
  5. ^ a b Aaron Karp (May 3, 2017). "Boom CEO sees market for 1,000 supersonic passenger jets by 2035". Air Transport World. Aviation Week.
  6. ^ "Boom Supersonic Closes 100 Million Series B to Develop Overture, its Revolutionary Mach-2.2 Airliner" (PDF) (Press release). Boom Supersonic. 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ Bogaisky, Jeremy (Jan 4, 2019). "Boom Raises $100M To Develop A Supersonic Airliner. It's Going To Need A Whole Lot More". Forbes.
  8. ^ Guy Norris (Jul 10, 2018). "Boom Focuses On Derivative Engines For Supersonic Airliner Plan". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  9. ^ "Boom Supersonic to Roll Out Historic XB-1 Demonstrator Oct. 7" (PDF) (Press release). Boom Supersonic. Jul 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Boom - XB-1". Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  12. ^ "Overture". Boom Supersonic. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  13. ^ Bjorn Fehrm (November 17, 2016). "Will Boom succeed where Concorde failed?". Leeham News.
  14. ^ Graham Warwick (January 23, 2019). "Boom Advances Overture Supersonic Airliner As Demonstrator Takes Shape". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  15. ^ Cook, Marc (8 September 2020). "Boom Enters Supersonic Air Force One Race". AVweb. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  16. ^ Hersey, Jon (October 7, 2020). "Reinventing Flight: An Interview with Blake Scholl". The Objective Standard. 15 (4). Glen Allen Press. p. 9.
  17. ^ Michael Verdon (January 14, 2021). "Supersonic Aircraft Can Now Be Tested Over Land, FAA Rules". Robb Report.
  18. ^ Fox, Chris (June 5, 2021). "United plans supersonic passenger flights by 2029". BBC.
  19. ^ Bachman, Justin (Jun 3, 2021). "United Bets on Supersonic Future With $3 Billion Boom Jet Order". Bloomberg.

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