Don’t look for commercial BWB airplane any time soon, says Boeing’s future airplanes head - Leeham News
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April 3, 2018, Leeham News
New airplanes for the foreseeable future are unlikely to look radically different than the tube-and-wing configuration that's been around since the dawn of manned flight.
Yes, there are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that look very different. Yes, there are the B-2 and B-21 bombers that are flying wings.
And, yes, there is the Blended Wing Body concept that was created by McDonnell Douglas and tested, in scaled-size models, by Boeing, which acquired MDC in 1997.
But don't expect to see a BWB either as a freighter or as a passenger airplane any time soon, says Boeing's VP of Product Development and Future Airplane Development.
Nice idea, not very practical
Mike Sinnett says the configuration works. It's economic. But its very configuration works against the airplane for commercial application, he says.
"The characteristics of a freighter, in general, are you want to be able to...