posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 04:06 PM
The OFW is certianly an interesting concept.
Northrop (as far as I know) is the only company to release a rendering of what theres will look like.
But dont expect to see it operational before 2020.
It will likely become a new X-Plane designation...which is good...since there hasn't been any for awhile.
The last x-plane that I can think of was Boeings X-50...Not sure what happened to that thing...Although I think its purpose is now lost.
anywho.....The thing I cant figure out is how the switchblade will fly...It has to be stealthy...so that means the engine will be burried in the
craft...the much easier method would be have a engine pod above the craft, which could rotate 90 degrees. But ya cant have that if you want
stealth...So its likely it would have to be thrust vectoring...but when you vector your thrust you loose power, which isn't at all what you want when
switching to go supersonic.
Anyone have the answer i'm looking for?