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Boeing X-48B Remote Controlled Blended Wing Body Aircraft

Boeing X-48B Remote Controlled Blended Wing Body Aircraft

The first test flight of the Boeing X-48B Unmanned Blended Wing Body Aircraft

Boeing have been hot press this year following the highly anticipated 787 Dreamliner, despite the huge launch campaign and all the time spent perfecting the Dreamliner, Boeing have still found time to develop and begin testing the new X-48B an unmanned Blended Wing Body Aircraft or BWB.

Boeing X-48B UAV In Flight

Boeing X-48B UAV In Flight

The first ever flight took off on the 20th July from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This X-48B is only the second prototype that Boeing has built and the only one tested in flight; it was created to test the “structural, aerodynamic and operational efficiencies of the BWB concept,” according to Bob Liebeck, the BWB program manager, especially during take off and landing.

Boeing X48B UAV

Boeing X48B UAV

BWB planes don’t have a tail, the wing itself blends into the fuselage, giving more lift and less drag than a traditional circular fuselage. This means 30% less fuel consumption than a normal plane and also less noise, both inside and on the ground.

The composite-skinned aircraft uses three turbojet engines that enable it to fly up to 10,000 feet and 120 knots in its low-speed configuration. This X-48B prototype is “remotely piloted from a ground control station in which the pilot uses conventional aircraft controls and instrumentation while looking at a monitor fed by a forward-looking camera on the aircraft”

Boeing X48B Blended Wing UAV

Boeing X48B Blended Wing UAV

Boeing Phantom Works advanced research and development unit has partnered with NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to explore and confirm the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of the blended wing body design. The Air Force has shown much interest in the multi-role, long-range, high-capacity aircraft and say that a Military BWB Aircraft could possibly be in service within 10 to 15 years, if testing and program funding go well.

Testing Boeings X-48B Blended Wing UAV

Testing Boeings X-48B Blended Wing UAV


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4 Comments

  1. The video’s pretty laughable. They’re putting so much into architecture while forgetting that it will be people that ultimately finalize the passengers’ satisfaction. I’m referring of course to the stewards and stewardesses. If they treat passengers like garbage, all that eye candy is for nothing.

    • I agree with you, but it is Boeing’s jog to deliever a high tech plane that will meet the demands of the airline industry for several years.

      It is the Airlines job that purchases these plane for their routes to deliver the customer satisfaction.

      I have been on may 747 from several different airlines. All of the flights I was able to reach my intended destination safely. However, not all of the flights were an enjoyable experience.

  2. spicaly thanks & send for me news about aviation

  3. AJ is a moron who commented on passanger satisfaction in an article talking about “Unmanned aerial vehicle”. LOL.
    Also, if you are ina fight with airline customer service or cabin crew or paying high fees for baggage, these will not stop innovation in aircraft technology. Boeing is about that. It is not a catering service to satisfy your taste of food.

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