posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 01:04 PM
Originally posted by BlackWidow23
Ghost01 the easiest way to accomplish a higher payload is with more lift. The easiest way to accomplish more lift without vastly increasing size is
I Disagree on you point of raising the speed! The Easiest and BEST
way to accomplish more lift is to Increase the wing area of the aircraft.
If we use your idea, Boeing could have put F-104 wings on a 747, but with a body design for SR-71 like speeds. It would work, but it's far from the
easiest or best solution.
A b-1 sized hypersonic bomber would generate so much lift at high speed that it could carry an enormous payload.
In my opinion we should go with a hypersonic bomber. It cant outrun missiles but it can get away fast enough to evade them.
Whereare you planning on getting that kind of money? By the time the prototype is ready for rollout, the whole US Congress will be at you door with
pitchforks asking for their money back!
I don't even think they'd let you try that with the Black Budget! Do you have any idea of the technical challenges and risks involved? My firend
your asking for a research budget bigger then the whole SDI porgram at its peak level of spending.
You second problem is technology. We don't know if this within techinal reach at the moment. We have never even attempted to drop bombs from a
hypersonic platform before, Noone knows how the shockwave might affect the trjectory of the bombs. You would have to go to a guided missile platform
to have a chance to hit the target.
In my oppinion the BEST way to get more lift without making the plane larger is to increase the Wing Area
! For this we need a design like the
B-2. 100% of the B-2's surface area is a part of the wing, which contributes to the lift of the airframe.
The B-52 has a 185 ft. wing span. Now if we built a flying wing with a shape like the A-12 Avenger II that had Exactly the same wing span as the B-52,
the plane would have a total wing are of 8556.25 sq. ft. That would give us a plane that could easily be built to carry 4X the B-52's payload at a
slightly faster speed and much langer range. (Yes I actually did the Math).
[edit on 4/14/2007 by Ghost01]