Make America Boom Again: How to Bring Back Supersonic Transport

In 1973, the Federal Aviation Administration banned civil supersonic flight over the United States, stymieing the development of a supersonic aviation industry. Eli Dourado and Samuel Hammond from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University show that it is time to revisit the ban. Aircraft engineering has significantly improved since the time when the Concorde was flying. Better technology—including better materials, engines, and simulation capabilities—mean it is now possible to produce a supersonic jet that is more economical and less noisy than those of the 1970s. It is time to rescind the ban in favor of a more modest and sensible noise standard.

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