The shape of things to come. Quickly.

Scientifically sculpted for speed.

The Aerion fuselage is quite long, its wings short and its fuselage ovoid with a tapering cross section, rather than round and tube-like.

This is the ideal shape for a supersonic business jet.

The AS2 has a long, narrow fuselage for what engineers call "fineness ratio" to reduce wave drag. Wave drag is more or less what it sounds like: waves of air, pushed up by the nose of the speeding airplane.

For similar reasons, the AS2 fuselage narrows in two areas—the forward fuselage and also in the mid-fuselage area where wing, engines and fuselage meet. This narrowing is referred to as "area ruling," another technique for reducing drag.

High-subsonic wings have relatively high aspect ratios: they are relatively narrow, long and highly swept, typically 30 degrees or more to delay the onset of supersonic airflow and attendant wave drag (because airflow accelerates to supersonic speeds around a wing well before the aircraft reaches Mach 1). A supersonic wing is designed primarily to minimize drag above Mach 1 and therefore has a relatively small aspect ratio (approximately the ratio of wing span to chord length).

The AS-2 wing therefore differs from subsonic wings. But it also departs from from previous supersonic wing designs in that it has relatively little sweep, which is not conducive to supersonic laminar flow. The low sweep and powerful flaps of the Aerion wing improve takeoff and landing performance vs. highly swept wings, and, in a further synergistic benefit, enable a nearly flat approach attitude.

For all these reasons, a supersonic SNLF jet looks very different than a subsonic jet.

To us, it looks like it's about time.