Two separate groups launched public efforts last week to develop supersonic business jets that could carry top-end business travelers, in cruise mode, twice as fast as current-production aircraft. Aerion Corp. Vice Chairman Brian Barents described his company's SSBJ as "a blend of the new and proven," able to cruise at Mach 1.5, carrying eight to twelve passengers over distances of around 4,000 nautical miles. Earlier efforts to develop a supersonic business jet often foundered on the ...


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