Woxof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1147 times:
Does anyone know of a good source of drawings/models/pictures of the so called BWB, or flying wing, or commercial B2, or.....you get the idea?
Can't seem to find much about it, yet think it's rather fascinating.
Chautauquasaab From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Type "blended wing body aircraft" into any decent internet search engine and you will find more information. The Boeing BWB concept would make an Airbus A3XX look antique in concept before it even leaves the ground. As for width issues relative to A3XX, the ends of the wing structure would fold upward to make it compact enough to fit into existing wide-body aircraft gates at major airports, much like has been proposed for the Boeing 777 by American Airlines.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
The Blended Wing Body was actually developed by an aircraft manufacturer named Burnelli back in the '20s. Burnelli conceived the idea that an aircraft would have greater lift and structural rigidity if its fuselage were to be blended with the wing. Also, the Burnelli design was much safer in a crash, with the outer parts of the wings used to cushion impact and allowing the large, square cabin to remain intact. A Burnelli plane which was crashed showed remarkable strength and rigidity in its passenger cabin.
Burnelli's aircraft flew in small numbers until the early '40s. I've read that the technology was deliberately suppressed because of the huge impact it would have had on the aircraft industry in the area of design. In effect, Burnelli could have caused all aircraft manufacturers using the typical fuselage layout to fall FAR behind in technology, which was unacceptable. So like Preston Tucker, with his revolutionary Torpedo car, Burnelli's designs were shelved and the company forced out of business. No other aircraft manufacturer besides Northrop has made use of Burnelli's lifting body ideas to this day.
Do a search on Burnelli on the web. I've seen the site; it's really an amazing story, and contains many pictures and drawings which should prove to be really interesting.