posted on Dec, 24 2005 @ 12:12 AM
No one would put a nacelle that close to the forward fuselage and then direct flow back over the wing like that. Twisting moment on the station
frames and acoustics/jetwash effects on the skin panels would be /tremendous/ (no windows aft of /any/ turbine engine). While who knows what the
combined flow effect over the wingroot panel would be. My guess is USB gone wild.
Also, as others have mentioned, there appears to be a shock cone protruding but nothing in the way of a fan or even separation panel which could take
indicate an engine fant front insert as being possible. Given the width of the duct and cowling overall, I'm also suspicious of the utility of the
installation in testing reasonable bpr engines (even a commuter/bizjet) built after 1960. At best, that looks like something to test scaled
components in a freestream (windmill) environment to check 'natural' flow conditions on particular bladeforms. And that's what we have CFD for.
My personal guess is some kind of atmospheric sampling mission (the B707 and 717 actually have pretty good top out around 50K). Either for pollutants
in support of global warming studies or whatever else NASA is recording them for these days.
Or for specific chemical indicators related to 'processes unpleasant'.
It could even be a testbed for contrail characterization or contrail suppression techniques.
Last I checked, Honeywell was into munitions and avionics related items. I think they may have a subsidiary that does the 1042/F124/125 engines but
even those would not really be viable for testing in that installation.
'The Larger The Print, THE BIGGER THE LIE...' is pretty common in misinformation circles and it doesn't get much more deliberate than having
letters readable through a zoom-distant telephoto shot.