Future Air Force One to go supersonic
The Air Force One is known to be a flying fortress that carries the most powerful man on earth around the globe. And now the high-profile aircraft is set to get an upgraded version that can fly at twice the speed of the current one that travels almost at the speed of the sound.
The Pentagon has commissioned a prototype of a new supersonic Air Force One to see the American president travel even faster and save time. The US Air Force recently awarded a 24-month contract to aviation firm Exosonic to start developing a presidential airplane that can travel at supersonic speeds. The award reportedly is worth $1 million and will sponsor the work to “modify” Exosonic’s current plans for a supersonic commercial plane into a proposal for a presidential aircraft, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday, September 2.
The contract was announced on Monday, August 31, by the Air Force’s Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate. In a tweet posted on the same day, the Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center said the contract is aimed 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!”