posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 11:20 AM
Originally posted by shbaz
Ack, yes, my mistake.
From what I understand of it, it can barely fly and it's basically a slightly aerodynamic brick. The electrical system keeps it stabalized and for
the pilot it flies like a normal plane.
The Flying Wing design has some major stability problems, but I wouldnt go so far as to call it a aerodynamic brick since Jack Northrop/the Horton
brothers had one flying when computers took up whole rooms.
The B-2 uses advancements in computer technology that made the flying wing a more viable option. Northrup Grumman built the B-2 with a sophisticated
Instead of adjusting the flaps through mechanical means, the pilot passes commands on to a computer, which adjusts the flaps. In other words, the
pilot controls the computer and the computer controls the steering system.
I forgot how many computers are in the B-2 I think its like 27 or something it was alot.
A interesting fact about the B-2 is that when its on long bombing runs One pilot will sleep in a 12 dollar lawn chair. Nice considering the plane cost
Billions of dollars.Though I think they use a modified military cot now.
You think they would spend the extra for one of those new fancy space age foam beds