Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 10

October 12, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we discussed the challenges of the nacelle outlet for an SST (SuperSonic Transport). Now we will discuss SST engines and what are the key technical challenges for these… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 9

October 5, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we discussed the challenges an efficient inlet poses for an SST (SuperSonic Transport). Now we go to the back of the nacelle and look at the outlet.

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 8

September 28, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we started looking at the biggest challenge for an SST, the powerplant. We first discussed the most fundamental problem of the engine, the level of Ram drag for… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 5

September 7, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we looked at the drag hump which is created by several supersonic effects when an SST (SuperSonic Transport) passes Mach 1. Now we will look at other aerodynamic… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 4

August 31, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we discussed supersonic lift wave drag and how suddenly the length aspect ratio is more important than wingspan aspect ratio. Now we talk about the problem of going… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 3

August 24, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we discussed how supersonic wave drag can be higher than any other drag for a blunt fuselage trying to fly at supersonic speeds. If we try to fly… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 2

August 17, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner we outlined several challenges facing a supersonic airliner or business jet. We will now go through these challenges one by one. We start with the aerodynamic challenge.

Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival

August 10, 2018, ©. Leeham News: The interest in civil supersonic flight has been revived in the last years. Aerion Supersonic is well advanced with its AS2 supersonic business jet and there are several projects looking at restarting… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 15

February 2, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we discussed the basics of supersonic flow, to prepare for a supersonic and transonic drag discussion. We will continue the supersonic aerodynamics discussion, however, as there are some further… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Interesting aircraft at the sides of Paris Air Show 2017

June 22, 2017. ©. Leeham Co: When visiting the Paris Air Show this week, we strolled several times into the Aeronautical museum which is placed at the Le Bourget airfield. It has a fine collection of historical aircraft,… Read More