Boom Technology, the US company hoping to repopularise supersonic air travel, has finished construction of its Overture Superfactory, the first supersonic aircraft factory in the US. 

Built on the grounds of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, the factory will be capable of building 33 of Boom’s Overture aircraft per year, once the company begins commercial production. 

Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom, said: “Construction of the Overture Superfactory represents a major milestone toward ensuring the United States’ continued leadership in aerospace manufacturing. 

“Supersonic flight will transform air travel, and Overture provides a much-needed innovative alternative for airlines across the globe.” 

Work on the factory began 17 months ago in January 2023 as the first development for Boom’s new campus at the airport, planned to also include a second factory and an aircraft delivery centre. 

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While the Overture is still in development, with Boom currently using its XB-1 demonstrator jet to prove the technology required, the company has already secured 130 orders for the supersonic aircraft from United, American, and Japan Airlines

Under current designs, the 201ft long aircraft will have a capacity of 64-80 passengers and a range of 7,867km, with a cruise speed of Mach 1.7, slightly slower than the now defunct Concorde jet, which cruised at Mach 2.04. 

Though Boom has delayed the introduction of the Overture multiple times, the company’s current timeline would see the aircraft take its first flight in 2026 and enter into service in 2029/2030. 

As part of the Overture’s development, Boom is also working on its own engine to power the aircraft, known as the Symphony, which will have a thrust of 35,000lb.