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High hopes and big challenges for Denver company developing supersonic plane

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An image of Colorado-based Boom Supersonic’s aircraft Overture, which the company hopes to will carry passengers by the end of the decade.

If a Colorado company has its way, air travel will be a lot faster in the future. Boom Supersonic is developing a supersonic airplane that would fly from New York to London in three and a half hours. Ben Murphy, the company's head of sustainability, said the goal is to test flights in 2026 and carry passengers by the end of the decade.

Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner speaks with Ned Russell, editor of Airline Weekly about the challenges the developers face, including breaking the sound barrier and about its early successes, like a recent purchase agreement with American Airlines.