Skip to comments.New Boeing 797 Giant "Blended Wing" Passenger Airliner-Fiction!
Posted on 02/01/2007 8:37:31 AM PST by BipePilot
New Boeing 797 Giant "Blended Wing" Passenger Airliner-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The story says that the Boeing Company is developing a radical new passenger jetliner that will carry 1,000 passengers. It's designated the 797 and is a "blended wing" design looking a lot like the old flying wing experiments of the 50's.
The Truth: TruthOrFiction.com went straight to the source, the Boeing Company. A spokesperson said that it is not true that Boeing is developing a commercial blended wing aircraft. He asked that we help stop the perpetuation of the story.
What is true, according to Boeing, is that Boeing Phantom Works, the company's advanced research and development organization, is doing research on the blended wing body design as a potential military aircraft. Boeing has built a scale model to test its low-speed flying characteristics in a wind tunnel. There are also plans (as of 7/13/07) to flight test...
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And the B-2 bomber of today.
At other sites, I read the 797 'story' quite awhile ago. While I'm certain that it could be done, the airport infrastructure changes required would make a passenger version problematic.
Witness the heartburn over handling the A380's load.
Boeing's 747 was a military design as well but "lost" to Lockheed's C-5.
OK, who's got the "picture" of a Federation starship being produced at a Boeing facility?
Excuse me, but, I just picked up the latest Popular Mechanics, p21, and they have an article on just this plane with a photo of a 21 ft (wingspan) model!!
It is called the X48B and it is announced this model will under go tests at Dryden soon.
one big problem:
Anyone else out there who MUST have a window seat... like myself? (Or else I'll puke on yer lap).
There was talk of providing each seat with a LCD screen and the ability to select from multiple cameras placed on the surface of the aicraft.
But, for those who have a real window, it's a better view than ever before.
That's a nice picture, but I was referring to something on the WWW a while back showing the actual (obviously Photoshopped) construction of a Star Trek starship being produced at a Boeing facility.
I think it would be complete idiocy to build a Blended Wing Design passenger jet that can carry 1000 as a first model. Its way too risky as it will be costly. Better to build a Blended Wing Design jet that can carry 100-200 first before trying something bigger
Cool! I'll just pop over in my Flying Car to check it out!
The windows would be forward facing, which would be waaaay cool on take-offs and landings.
I'm still waiting for those nuclear powered, freighter blimps they promised back in 1977.
They even have pictures of the model, too
Check it out, it could be a reality, it only makes sense, a huge lifting body
Bernoulli tried it in the 30's with plywood
Nowadays, it can be done with composites and aluminum
too big to park next to your helicopter, though.....
Northrop was flying big flying wings back in the 50s, before fly-by-wire and computerized control. There is no reason this can't be done today.
Frankly, I think it would be great. Even if you sacrifice 10% off the cruise speed, it would be so fuel efficient, it would still be attractive. I would spend an extra half hour getting coast-to-coast if it dropped the cost of a ticket by $100.00.
And the thing is nice and low to the ground, with the engines on top like that. I'm thinking integral stairways with ground level access. That would simplify airport design greatly.
It's not like they've never done it before :-)
Actually, it would be super-cool to have lounges in the front where you can watch the world pass by.
And the jacuzzi....