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Billionaire's Dream of Supersonic Luxury Jet Gets Assist From GE

  • Faster-than-sound civilian plane could be first since Concorde
  • Engine design seen as major hurdle for Bass-backed project


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Billionaire Robert Bass’s dream of building a private supersonic jet is poised to get a boost from one of the world’s top engine makers: General Electric Co.

Aerion Corp. is in talks with GE to power what could be the first nonmilitary plane to fly faster than the speed of sound since Concorde flights were halted in 2003, according to a statement Monday by the Bass-backed aircraft start-up.