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Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

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The Tu-160, which is solely used by the Russian Air Force receives inquires to use the supersonic bomber as Business Jet. (airlinerwatch.com) Ещё...

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jwmson
jwmson 5
The thing looks like a "B-1ski."
dee9bee
dee9bee 0
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
malki2601
Malcolm Dousha 1
It may not be quite as big as the Russian aircraft but would be much more reliable...
A6SEA
Bill Butler -2
Yep. Don't know if the Russians ever had an original idea.
dabeed
Dave Fisher 2
well, considering it took German know-how to bring the US into the jet age, people in glass houses...
joelwiley
joel wiley 3
Not to mention all that Yankee ingenuity of Dr. Werner von Braun in the space race.
A6SEA
Bill Butler 1
OK, OK! I'm going to my room now...
pr0ject
El Kabong 2
NASA is also working on the SonicBAT program to develop a softer sonic boom for a possible SST.
744pnf
744pnf 2
But who is going to re-pack the drag chutes?
joelwiley
joel wiley 5
Leona Helmsly's 'little people'
JeffreyOsborne
Jeffrey Osborne 1
I'll wait for the hypersonic cruise missile transport.
TorontoJeff
Jeff Phipps 1
Really poorly written article about nothing. It will never happen.
deanbog1
Dean Bogdanowich 1
How pissed would the pilot be when I slow him to mach .83 for sequence behind a B767.
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
Not nearly as much as the A/C owner in the back.
n9341c
n9341c 0
"Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet".
Ummm, people, this is an example of what a certain guy calls FAKENEWS. Thanks for making it real Airlinerwatch you dumbasses.
greatraoul
Jeffrey Benedict 3
Fake news? The article gave a couple of possible buyers but weren't specific and Antonov said why they couldn't do it. Nothing fake there.
malki2601
Malcolm Dousha 1
Antonov isn't Russian anyway. They're Ukrainian...
djjamar
Jamar Jackson 0
Wow that plane could cross the US in 2 hours. You could actually have breakfast in LA and lunch in New York. The rich are becoming richer so I’m sure they are bored with airline conversions to corporate. Now it’s military conversions.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 10
It would never be allowed to fly across the US or Europe for that matter. It doesn't have the certification for carrying passengers, and the sonic boom it leaves in its wake is the reason that the Concorde only reached its top speed over oceans.
djjamar
Jamar Jackson 3
True however I’m sure some team is working on a sonic boom solution now. Only a matter of time before a supersonic biz jet with no boom is marketed and sold
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 5
Oh, they are -- look at Boom Technology. I'm just saying that converting the Tu-160 into a business jet will never go anywhere.

https://boomsupersonic.com
maverick49
Tom Novak 2
Yes company will start test flights next years. Let's wait and see.
malki2601
Malcolm Dousha 1
It would take a very costly conversion to "rebuild" such an aircraft for passenger transport from a military bomber aircraft. They would also need several orders to make it worth the expense to eventually make a profit... Makes you wonder if it would ever "take off" so to speak...???
vdi74
James T 2
Aerion AS2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerion_AS2
Decibel
Jim Nasby 1
Or breakfast in NY and then again in LA.

Anyway, I think odds are better of BFR suborbital pax service happening.
toolguy105
toolguy105 0
I'll be darned it the TU-160 doesn't bear a striking resemblance to the B-1.
paul8626
Paul Smith 1
It was a clean sheet design, like the Tu-144 and the Tu-2.

Sarcasm mode off.

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