posted on Jan, 29 2006 @ 09:43 AM
If it was a serious concept and not just someone's imagination, then I would suggest......
a) a Design concept on the road to the F/A-22, and...
b) a serious lack of directional stability ! Although with thrust vectoring and a computer - who knows
Kinda looks like somebody got the parts of their F/A-22, Mirage III and Vought Cutlass kits all mixed up!
Waynos, I think the real reason for the cancellation of the XB-70 was two-fold. Firstly, how much it was all going to cost. And secondly, the fear
that speed and altitude just wouldn't cut it anymore. The same scenario was played out again later with the B-1A, which was re-born as the low-level
B-1B penetrator. It's all rather cyclic as we've headed back there again with research into hypersonic bombers which present only a fleeting
vulnerability over a target. It's all a bit "you invent a fast low-level penetrator" and "I invent look down-shoot down radar and missiles that
can find you against the ground clutter" so "you go higher and faster" and I develop "missles to get you", so you go "stealth" and I develop
"better detection systems" and only fight during the day when I can see your stealth aircraft.............. I'm surprised we haven't gone back to
biplanes for better manoeuvre ! Hmmm, has anyone ever tried a tandem wing delta?
[edit on 29/1/06 by The Winged Wombat]