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Air Force One May Go Supersonic

The U.S. Air Force has taken initial steps to begin prototyping a supersonic aircraft that could someday carry the president around the world in half the time.

Last month, the service’s Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate awarded a $1 million small business innovation research (SBIR) phase II contract to Exosonic, a start-up aerospace company, to begin the design and development of a low-boom executive airlift concept.

“Low-boom allows travelers to fly at supersonic speeds without generating disruptive booms for those on the ground,” said AFMC spokesman Daryl Mayer.


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