posted on Sep, 9 2017 @ 03:04 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
It's just interesting to see a supersonic design that looks more or less identical to the evolved cranked kite on this guy's bookcase. It's obvious
that tailless supersonic designs work for fighter-sized aircraft, and this thing seems to really be splitting the difference between a flying wing and
a delta wing design, at least in terms of aerodynamic forces. Maybe they were evaluating more exotic designs alongside the more conventional designs
that Lockheed and N-G actually submitted to the flyoff?
Who knows, though. Maybe they're being optimistic and are already CAD testing designs for the 2037 bomber? The supersonic cranked kite might not be
ready for primetime in the 2010's, but I'm sure it could be ready for at least a demonstrator flight a decade from now when that program is actually
ramping up. Furthermore, a supersonic cranked kite would allow 2037 to completely fill every role left behind by the B-2 and the B-1, while the B-21
gets to replace the BUFF's as a (relatively) simple stealth bomb truck.