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About Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD)

Artist's illustration of the X-59 parked near a hangar with a pilot walking towards it at sunrise.
An artist’s concept of the low-boom flight demonstrator outside the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Skunk Works hangar in Palmdale, California.
Lockheed Martin

The Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) project will demonstrate a sonic boom with greatly reduced noise in order to pave the way for commercial supersonic flight over land.

LBFD is responsible for managing the construction of the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) experimental aircraft, and proving its ability to create a sonic “thump’ instead of an annoying sonic boom.

Once its readiness is proven, the X-59 will then be used by another project to conduct flight campaigns over a number of U.S. communities.

The LBFD project’s technical goals are to:

  • Demonstrate that this aircraft, called X-59 QueSST, can produce a predictable range of sonic boom signatures that help to validate low-noise sonic boom design tools, and that improve the understanding and prediction of atmospheric effects on low-noise sonic boom signatures;
  • Deliver the X-59 QueSST that is capable of successfully supporting flight campaigns to generate community response data that assists regulators with developing a noise-based standard for commercial supersonic flight over land.

Cathy Bahm—Project Manager
Vacant — Deputy Project Manager
David Richwine — Deputy Project Manager, Technology
Matthew Redifer — Deputy Project Manager, Integration
Chad Stimson — Deputy Project Manager, Execution
Jay Brandon — Chief Engineer

Low Boom Flight Demonstration




Last Updated
Jul 26, 2023
Lillian Gipson