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Supersonic Bizjets May Attract Pentagon Interest

November 14, 2018 / Paulina Glass

If supersonic passenger jets return to the skies, the U.S. military might find a few reasons to lease or even buy a few.  More than 15 years after the last flight of the Concorde the passenger jet that flew at just over Mach 2  NASA and two private companies, Aerion Supersonic and Boom Supersonics, are leading independent teams vying to accelerate passengers past the speed of sound by the mid-2020s.This may be of interest to the Pentagon for a few reasons, said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of the Teal Group Association. A supersonic passenger jet could help hostage-rescue or combat-search-and-rescue teams get on scene in a hurry, or bring senior officials in to help resolve a crisis, Aboulafia said.