The Boeing Blended Wing
Body is another innovative concept for long-range flight.
The most hyped design, however, seems to be the blended wing
Body, High-Lift wings, Electric-Thrust).
The Blended Wing
Body (BWB) is a tailless unconventional aircraft concept characterised by a blended functionality between the portions of the airframe dedicated to the payload allocation (the fuselage) and generation of lift (the wing).
This year the quality of the aircraft was very high and the University of Manchester came out on top, with its design of a Blended Wing
Boeing is unlikely to pursue the blended wing
as a serious design option for a future civil airliner because of configuration and consumer acceptance issues.
The majority of the aerial vectors for the fixed wing have a conventional geometry with the tail, the low cost design determining to create a tailless project that has a blended wing
or not, see figure 2.
TRANSFORMED X-48C :The remotely operated X-48C Blended Wing
Body aircraft lifts off Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on its first test flight Aug.
The EoACAytube with wings' philosophy hasn't yet changed to the much vaunted blended wing
concepts EoAC" which by definition are far greener and efficient EoAC" so the Airbus concept will remain just that."
Dahm, the know-how exists today for building a large-scale demonstrator aircraft to assess practical implementation and operational benefits of the blended wing
This led to legislation for "dual-hatting" of the commander of a blended wing
should it become necessary in the future.
The Air Force also has high hopes for the blended wing
body aircraft that is being developed by NASA, Boeing Phantom Works, and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.