This Is the Airliner of the Future—According to Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman thinks we all will be flying in oversized B-2 bombers by the year 2025. And who am I to say no to that? Bring them on!

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Their design was unveiled last week at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Sciences Meeting in Nashville. It's the answer to a proposal by NASA, who asked Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to design the airplane of the year 2025.

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NASA was going to analyze all the options, choose the best and build a "model". I say a "model" because, while smaller than the final plane, it would have had the size of a Boeing 737! Unfortunately, budget cuts have put these plans on hold.

Illustration for article titled This Is the Airliner of the Future—According to Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is also proposing a similar design as a cargo plane for the United States Air Force. [DEW Line]

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hammerheadfistpunch
HammerheadFistpunch

BWB planes can and SHOULD be built at the very least for cargo; so much more efficient. The trouble with all these "plane of the future" studies is that they always circle back to "but we like the plane of today, it has windows and its requirements are known quantities." To that i say...wussies.