US-based aircraft firm Cobalt Aircraft has today unveiled a new high-end private jet offering.
Called the ‘Valkyrie’ this aircraft is a sleek and fast jet for wealthy flyers able to carry several passengers.
The Valkyrie aircraft will initially come in two configurations: the Co50 Valkyrie and the Valkyrie-X.
The Co50 Valkyrie is the standard model of the aircraft, fully certified to fly, and will begin shipping in 2017, while Valkyrie-X is an experimental design which will reportedly be available at a later date.
Both craft are available for pre-order, with the Co50 Valkyrie starting at $699,000, and the Valkyrie-X at $595,000. As such, both craft are firmly placed in the luxury end of the private aviation market.
“10 years ago, I had a vision to disrupt the aviation industry with an innovative private aircraft, that is not only technologically sound and safe, but also design-centric and luxurious,” said David Loury, founder and CEO of Cobalt.
“Today, Cobalt is no longer just a prototype. It’s a world class aircraft, complete with advanced safety, technology, and modern design features for travel-loving consumers and aviation enthusiasts.”
The design the Valkyrie aircraft is in ways inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic lines of military fighter aircraft.
Fitting into this aesthetic, the aircraft both feature a massive cockpit canopy, enabling passengers to have a 320 degree view of their surroundings. As well, the aircraft are in a ‘canard’ configuration, further adding to the sleek look.
In terms of specifications, the aircraft are 30 feet (9.1m) long, with an equal wingspan, and stand 10 feet (3m) off the ground, according to information provided by Cobalt. The craft seat 5 people including the pilot, and also includes space for luggage storage.
The aircraft are powered by a single piston engine which is turbo charged to deliver 350HP of power, enabling the Valkyrie to have a top speed of 260 knots (481km/h) making it one of the fastest aircraft in its class.
With a full tank, the aircraft are able to travel 1050 nautical miles (1944.6km). Should the plane encounter problems, or be in danger of crashing, it also features parachutes enabling passengers to safely bail out.