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Boeing on the job with new toilet design

Browsing through the latest US patents issued to Boeing, my eyes were arrested by patent number 7,284,287 – Dual purpose lavatory. What two purposes? According to the patent, the lavatory has two sections: one with a commode and sink and one with just a sink – thankfully with a divider between them. The idea is […]

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Flying sideways

DARPA has posted a video of the planned Oblique Flying Wing X-plane demonstrator on its website. The animation shows the tailless flying wing sweeping smoothly from 0 degrees to 65 degrees as it accelerates from Mach 0.6 to Mach 1.2. It looks surprisingly real – down to the wobbly “camera” tracking – and deceptively simple. […]

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Swift who?

What’s the connection between these two aircraft? One is the Killer Bee UAV. One is the Eclipse Concept Jet VLJ. Both were built by Swift Engineering, which also built this: California-based Swift is one of several motorsports companies applying their skills to aerospace.

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The $2bn supersonic question

There is interest in supersonic business jets, no doubt. The question is whether anyone will build one anytime soon. And the next question always is: who would buy one? At $2 billion to develop an SSBJ and $80 million to buy one, these are good questions. Gulfstream and Dassault are studying SSBJs. Even Cessna is […]

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Cirrus or Salamander – the people’s jet?

Cirrus Design, maker of the popular SR22 piston single, has taken the wraps off its first jet – which it calls simply “the-jet” – and Flight correspondent Jeff Decker was there. We have all been wondering where the single Williams turbofan would be located – in the fuselage, like Diamond’s D-Jet, or at the base […]

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