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Supersonic Biz Jet

Sun Jun 20, 2004 10:12 am,15114,650247,00.html?cnn=yes

I'm gonna run out 'n buy me a Mega Millions Lottery ticket so's I can buy me one.

Seriously does anybody think we'll see this in the next 20 years?

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RE: Supersonic Biz Jet

Sun Jun 20, 2004 10:56 am

Dassault have been doing design work on that for a while now.

They routinely build supersonic military aircraft so have a good starting point to begin from, as well as plenty of bizjet experience too. It wouldn't be a cheap project so don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

If someone like NetJets came to them with a substantial order then they might accelerate the program, but again it would be a big gamble. There could be some military applications for a small SST as well.
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RE: Supersonic Biz Jet

Sun Jun 20, 2004 11:45 pm

If you've read the July 2004 issue of Popular Science, there was a long article on how a modified Northrop F-5E succeeded in reducing the pressure wave around the plane that creates the sonic boom. In short, they have proved it is now possible to drastically reduce the intensity of the sonic boom so people on the ground will either barely hear it or not hear it at all.

This will now pave the way for a supersonic transport of the future that could fly in a few years. I'm sure Gulfstream Aerospace (who has been studying a supersonic business jet since the late 1990's) could be on the verge of announcing such a plane.  Big thumbs up

Imagine being able to fly from JFK to London area airports at Mach 1.7-1.8 but with no sonic boom audiable on the ground and also much lower noise and exhaust emissions.
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RE: Supersonic Biz Jet

Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:52 pm

RayChuang - I was under the impression that the tradeoff for the 'Quiet Supersonic' modifications was an increase in drag, and thus a decrease in fuel efficiency. Right now with fuel prices at high levels, this could be a bad thing...

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RE: Supersonic Biz Jet

Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:13 pm

Am I the only one here that thinks this might be Dick Rutan's next project?
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