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Boeing XB-48 Photos

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posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 11:57 AM
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Heres some nice pics of this prototype. Maybe some here have already seen it in the sky!


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Zindo




posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 12:07 PM
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Interesting pics ZD.

Is that long tail boom part of test flight instrumentation?

Looks like it would drag on a low speed, nose high landing.



posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 12:29 PM
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Neat pictures! Submarine hunters have extensions kind of like that plane but I imagine it is to measure flight characteristics rather than submarine detection.



posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by Desert Dawg
Interesting pics ZD.

Is that long tail boom part of test flight instrumentation?

Looks like it would drag on a low speed, nose high landing.


Yes, its to capture the airflow behind the aircraft, to see how much of a disturbance it generates (and therefor allows the designers to design a much more efficient airframe - more disturbance means more drag which means more resistence which means more fuel used).



posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 12:48 PM
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Great photos!

One thing I'd like to mention though...

It's the X-48B not the XB-48. It may seem like a distinction without a difference, but an XB-48 would be a prototype bomber for the military while X-48B is just the second model of an experimental craft....

Just wanted to clear that up...great pictures!!

Is there a role that this craft is expected to fulfill...or is it just a technology demonstrator?



posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 03:29 PM
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All planes in the X designation are technology demonstrators. Vast amounts of technology and information has been gained from the X series and then in turn applied to production craft.

Things like Blended wing body, thrust vectoring, laminar-air flow, HARV, hypersonic speed, super sonic speed, etc...

The X-48B will most likely test a possible airframe for a large Blended Wing Body transporter, people or cargo dependent on what Boeing wants to do with it. But I don't think the X-48B will drop directly from experimental to production.

Shattered OUT...



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 12:38 PM
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That's Boeing/NASA's BWB demonstrator. It's been flying for years and is an unmanned model (~25ft wingspan?).



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 11:08 PM
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Originally posted by HatTrick
That's Boeing/NASA's BWB demonstrator. It's been flying for years and is an unmanned model (~25ft wingspan?).

21 foot wingspan, actually... not that it's important.



posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 12:53 PM
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Originally posted by intelgurl
21 foot wingspan, actually... not that it's important.


Thanks! I would've looked it up, but was turnin and burnin here at the office.



posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 07:19 PM
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Blended Wing tech is interesting but I honestly don't think the funding will be available to transition it to a full scale technology.

But it's still way cool man I'd give my right arm to watch that thing fly in person.




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