NASA’s N2A Blended Wing Aircraft Compared to 1940s Design

As rising fuel costs and pressure to cut emissions drive most of the aviation industry to seek even small improvements in aircraft efficiency, NASA is pushing to mature technologies that may realise in the 2020s an aircraft concept that could slash fuel consumption by up to a third.

The so-called flying wing, or blended wing body, is not a new idea. Serious work on the concept goes back to the 1940s, but only now with a coming together of composite material construction and computer-aided fly-by-wire control are its huge gains in aerodynamic efficiency realistically achievable. Continue reading…




NASA’s N2A concept (top) and Northrop’s 1940s flying wing:

NASA N2A.jpg(Top photo: NASA)

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2 Responses to NASA’s N2A Blended Wing Aircraft Compared to 1940s Design

  1. Will Horton 18 March, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Great info and very nice site you have going. You should have plugged the video you found of the YB-49! http://www.airboyd.tv/2010/03/11/northrop-flying-wing-yb-49-test-flight-at-hawthorne-airport-1947-newsreel/

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