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Blended wing-body – the future of flight?

Like it or not, the blended wing-body airliner will not go away. Those that like the BWB point to its aerodynamic and structural efficiency, its ample volume for passengers, cargo and fuel. Those that don’t point to its lack of windows. non-circular pressure vessel and edge-of-the-envelope flying qualities. But if the world starts to take […]

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Northrop takes tailless approach to future airlifter

My former colleague Guy Norris has a story in Aviation Week about Northrop Grumman’s future airlifter work with the US Air Force Research Laboratory. I can’t link to his story, but here’s the gist: Northrop is proposing a tailless flying wing with powered-lift system for AFRL’s Speed Agile technology demonstration to refine the concept of […]

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NASA updates on Boeing’s X-48B Blended Wing Body

NASA has just posted an update on the Boeing X-48B Blended Wing Body demonstrator, along with some cool pictures of “Skyray 48″. First flown in July at NASA Dryden, the subscale unmanned X-48B has completed six flights and is now on the ground for maintenance and modification – including replacement of the fixed extended slats […]

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Has Boeing just flown the 797?

Boeing has flown the X-48B Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator at NASA Dryden in California. The company did not immediately announce the 21 July flight because its quarterly earnings release – including an extra $500 million in R&D expenses for the 787 – got in the way. The company might also be a little concerned […]

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