posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 12:37 PM
Sorry folks but I inadvertantly started a new thread
meant to reply here. Oh well, let's see what happens.
Lifting body design has been the best aircraft since 1920. The entire industry has been a make work project demanding double resources. These
inefficient designs from the aircraft cartel have marginalized relative safety, by comparison to say the
lifing body. Picture airplanes from the early days to
today, yes lifting body design happens but mostly for military aircraft. It is a disastrous invitation to put engines next to fuel tanks, but that is
what is happening. These inefficiencies should be clear as lifting body design has mostly been suppressed. Now why is that? Inefficiency means more
fuel to get to a destination, and less freight carried per airplane. Inefficiency means less safety, but an "acceptable risk," for the tide of
profiteers who produce twice as many units at half the cargo capacity and fuel considerations. This may be cynical, but too often what is said here is
too typical for the larger business model governing how we live.
All tube-wing designs are "dumb," you figure it out. the Burnelli design only "looks dumb," but deeper analysis indicates a too long neglected
principle. Charles De Gaul flew a Burnelli during WW II, but Roosevelt killed the Burnelli after a meeting at the White House. The story was about
funding, which Burnelli proposed doing himself but with the help of a political opponent he cited unknowingly. That resulted in a bizarre order that
totally blacklisted Burnelli designs in perpetuity from even being considered by the USG. They would steal the design for military purposes from time
to time, but never for civilian usage. Take a good look at the F15 et al, and note the lifting body approach. It is surprising the Japanese or others
did not take the right approach, but they too are bogged down with the intricacies of the aircraft cartel.
Our world is too often filled with dumb ideas, but the entire notion of competition with the better design has been quashed for the long term so
[edit on 2-7-2006 by SkipShipman]
Mod Edit: Merged Posts.
[edit on 2/7/2006 by Mirthful Me]