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New X-plane flies at Calif. air base

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posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:39 PM
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New X-plane flies at Calif. air base


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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An experimental jet that resembles a flying wing successfully flew for the first time in a program that could lead to more fuel-efficient, quieter and higher-capacity aircraft, NASA said Thursday.

The remotely controlled, 500-pound, three-engine jet with a 21-foot wingspan took off July 20, climbed to an altitude of 7,500 feet and landed about a half-hour later, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center said.
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posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:39 PM
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This looks like a pretty cool plane, almost a mix between a jet and a flying wing. They are supposed to be quieter and use less fuel, this plane is definatly worth a look.

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posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 01:55 AM
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That would be the Boeing/NASA BWB (Blended Wing Body), it's been studied
for a few years by the duo.

I was wondering when a scaled model like this would be tested.



posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 12:05 PM
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Our planes have been sporting the same general look for a while, it would be nice to see something different in the skies. If the test flights show good results, do you think all planes could look like this in 50 years?



posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 12:08 PM
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Good find


Definitely something to keep an eye on. I think blended wing will make up the next generation of passenger planes.



posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 02:45 PM
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Originally posted by Nerdling
Good find


Definitely something to keep an eye on. I think blended wing will make up the next generation of passenger planes.


Thanks


Yes its about time we switched it up. I thought planes were doomed to look the same until new propulsion technology came. I like the looks of these.



posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 04:26 PM
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Originally posted by AcesInTheHole
do you think all planes could look like this in 50 years?


I don't think all planes will use BWB designs, though I think it may gain some popularity.

I'm willing to bet that there will be three main plane designs by then, if planes are still
the main source of long range travel for more than just trans-oceanic flight.



posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 05:28 PM
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sweet this is my first time hearing of this plane.time to go research muahaha thanks for the new omg go learn everything possible about this subject opportunity.



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