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Nasa sees market for supersonic aircraft

Agency says technology is primed for a leap forward, but the question is whether commercial jet makers and airlines will follow its lead

HIGH-FLYER: Aerion, a company backed by Texas billionaire Robert Bass, is working to build an eight-passenger supersonic business jet, the AS2, and targeting a first flight in 2019.


SINCE the dawn of the Jet Age, airline travel has evolved radically save for one aspect: We still fly at around 500 mph. The Boeing 707, usually credited with starting it all in 1957, cruised at 600 mph with an altitude ceiling of 41,000 feet - almost identical to aeroplanes now in...

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