A supersonic Air Force One or Two? It may be on the way. High-speed aeronautics company Exosonic was commissioned by the government to develop a next-gen aircraft, a so-called ‘low boom’ supersonic jet that’ll allow the political elite to save time on air travel, and presumably make haste for parts unknown if the missiles fly.
And do so in luxurious comfort, of course.
The jumbo design has ferried Executive Branch VIPs by air since the late 1950s. A customized Boeing 747, Air Force One has enough space for 102 passengers and crew members, as well as a pair of galleys, medical facilities, and quarters for the President and First Lady—or First Husband, as the case may be. The Vice President and First Lady have at their disposal a handful of Boeing C-32 (757) aircraft—call sign Air Force Two, of course.
According to CNN, The supersonic conveyance can carry 31 passengers. The ‘low boom’ design dampens the disruptive sonic boom of a craft crossing the sound barrier. Inside the plane, leather, quartz and oak are used to give the cabin the requisite luxurious feel, and tech features include video teleconferencing. Two private suites are designed for confidential meetings.
The supersonic plane has a range of 5,000 nautical miles. It is expected to take to the skies by the mid-2030s.