Exclusive look inside the US supersonic presidential jet
Exosonic was awarded a contract by the Presidential and Executive Directorate of Airlift (PE) after impressing the military with its idea for a low-explosive Mach 1.8 twinjet.
CNN Travel now has an exclusive look inside the cabin of the transport aircraft designed to carry the Executive Branch Distinguished Visitors (DV).
It is a 31-passenger derivative of the Exosonic 70-passenger commercial aircraft and is the ultimate in professional jets – luxury leather accessories, oak and quartz, private suites for work and rest and all in cruise times twice the size of existing aircraft.
The functions of the presidential ship vary depending on the needs, but this aircraft could be used primarily as Air Force Two, which is the call signal for aircraft carrying the US Vice President.
“With this idea we plan to apply new technologies that are not available today or that you do not see (yet) in commercial or commercial aircraft,” says Stephanie Chahan, Exosonic’s chief aircraft designer, as he leads CNN in a virtual passage
The first of the two private suites is the three-passenger meeting room, with secure video conferencing, so that distinguished guests can work, go online or address the press.
The swivel seats are made of leather with wooden shells and the video screen can be stored in a sliding position, so there is room on the side board credenza for food platters or display equipment.
“So if the vice president or the first lady, or the first gentleman, was flying, we would have a lot of flexibility here,” says Chahan.
The 3D rendering, as seen by CNN in a virtual tour, was completed by Calfornia-based Prime Studios.
Courtesy of Exosonic
Ultrasonic low speed flight
The second eight-passenger suite has flat seats and adjustable table heights and is where senior staff can work together and relax.
Then there is the main cabin with 20 business seats, as well as two kitchens, two toilets and plenty of storage space.
Following the trend of modern aircraft design, spare seats have spaces for holding personal electronic devices instead of traditional seat screens.
“The cabin design was inspired by the U.S. Executive Department and its mission and values, as well as the peregrine falcon, which is known for its speed – both in its movement and its beautiful appearance,” he says. Chahan.
The Exosonic aircraft has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and, thanks to boom softening techniques, should be able to fly ashore at almost twice the speed of sound without disturbing the inhabitants below.
“The future of global high-speed passenger travel is high-explosive supersonic flight,” says Norris Tie, CEO of Exosonic.
The Mach 1.8 is about 1,381 miles per hour (2,222 kilometers), which is more than twice the standard cruising speed of a long-distance commercial vessel.
Tie tells CNN that the company expects its supersonic plane to fly in the mid-2030s.
Exosonic’s executive transport jet will hit the skies by the mid-2030s.
Courtesy of Exosonic
Exosonic is not the only airline to receive investments from the US Air Force.
Atlanta-based Hermeus Corporation is working on a 20-seater supersonic that promises to deliver passengers from New York to London in 90 minutes.
Last year, it partnered with the US Air Force and PE to develop the Mach 5 spacecraft to support the presidential and executive fleets, and this March, Hermes announced that it was also working with NASA.
Ultrasonic travel is generally considered to reach Mach speeds of 5 or higher, or five times the speed of sound. Hermeus successfully tested a prototype Mach 5 engine in February last year.