(TheFreedomFlag.com)- The Pentagon wants Air Force One, the president’s official aircraft, to go much faster than it currently does and is reportedly working on making a new supersonic aircraft.
Air Force One, which is a modified Boeing 747-200B aircraft, currently reaches a top speed of 0.84 mach, which is around 645 mph.
According to the Washington Times, the United States Air Force has awarded the contract to build the next presidential aircraft that is expected to travel at supersonic speeds, which means beyond Mach 1. That’s 767 mph. According to the outlet, the research award is worth $1 million is designed to modify the existing plans for Exosonic’s plans to develop a supersonic commercial plane in order to develop a plane for future presidents.
Exosonic is currently developing a “low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft that will allow key decision-makers and teams to travel around the world in half the time it takes now,” according to a Twitter post from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
Our Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate, recently awarded a @usairforce contract to @FlyExosonic to develop a low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft that will allow key decision makers and teams to travel around the world in half the time it takes now! pic.twitter.com/eVMacy3LCT
— Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (@AFLCMCofficial) August 31, 2020
The aircraft cabin in their existing project will be reconfigured to include all the required communications equipment, security measures, and other accommodations that are required for the president of the United States and government officials to work and rest while they are on board.
In a press release announcing the contract with the American government, Exosonic CEO Norris Tie said that the “future for global rapid passenger travel is low-boom supersonic flight.”
“Low boom allows travelers to fly at supersonic speeds without generating disruptive booms for those on the ground,” he added. “Exosonic is excited to win this contract as it represents not only commercial but government promise for low-boom supersonic travel.”
This isn’t the first time a supersonic jet has offered commercial travelers the chance to travel at higher speeds. The Concorde jet which was developed by the French and the British did precisely that, but the plane was retired in October 2003.