Monday, November 23, 2009

New Aircraft

The plane in these pictures is still officially the 'Air

Vehicle Number 1', a prototype, on board the USS George

Washington CVN-73 for catapult fit checks. Not exactly still

Top Secret but certainly not yet made public.

It will be known as the F/A-37. Although specs are

classified, it is believed to be Mach 3.5 (top speed in the

Mach 4 range) super-cruise stealth fighter/bomber/interceptor

with approximately a 4,000nm range. Awesome!

Check out the Navy test pilot in the cockpit of the

F/A-37...LT Kara Wade.

the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups

got together in formation for a great photo op.

From top to bottom are the aircraft carriers, ABRAHAM LINCOLN,


We even had Air Force planes fly-over, see the B-2 Stealth Bomber

in the fifth & seventh picture down. The only warships not seen in the

photos are the 4 nuclear powered submarines standing guard.

Now this is an AIRPLANE!!!

Look at this new aircraft...

Boeing is preparing a 1000 passenger jet that could reshape the

Air travel industry for the next 100 years. The radical Blended Wing

design has been developed by Boeing in cooperation with the

NASALangley Research Center.

The mammoth plane will have a wing span of 265 feet compared

to the 747's 211 feet, and is designed to fit within the newly

created terminals used for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is 262 feet wide.

The new 797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380 which has racked

up 159 orders, but has not yet flown any passengers. Boeing decide to

kill its 747X stretched super jumbo in 2003 after little interest was shown

by airline companies, but has continued to develop the ultimate Airbus

crusher 797 for years at its Phantom Works research facility in

Long Beach, Calif.

The Airbus A380 has been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated

$13 billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage

now that Airbus has committed to the older style tubular aircraft for

decades to come.

There are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most

important being the lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an

amazing 50%, with overall weight reduced by 25%, making it an

estimated 33% more efficient than the A380, and making Airbus's

$13 billion dollar investment look pretty shaky.

High body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft. It reduces

turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency,

giving the 797 a tremendous 8800 nautical mile range with its 1000

passengers flying comfortably at mach 0.88 or 654 mph (+1046km/h)

cruising speed another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed

A380's 570 mph (912 km/h).

The exact date for introduction is unclear, yet the battle lines are clearly

drawn in the high-stakes war for civilian air supremacy.

What an amazing thing!

Thanks Richard W.

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