|Quoting Scbriml (Reply 108):|
95% of this thread is, what we would call round here, a storm in a tea-cup (others might call it BS). Then again, this is a.net! wink
|Quoting Scbriml (Reply 109):|
I have received email confirmation from the author of the FI article that their rendition is taken directly from an Airbus CAD drawing of one of the nose configurations under consideration. So there we have it from the horse's mouth - this is indeed an accurate representation of one possible nose configuration for the A350.
Which is what the original article in question made clear right from the very beginning: "Airbus is evaluating
a more conventional nose shape for the A350 XWB derived from that of the A380 as it continues to refine the twinjet's design, Flight International magazine exclusively reveals in its 8 May issue."
Later: "Airbus says the A350's new nose shape is "one of several design studies" it is working on, but has not yet frozen the design."
Throughout there's mention of aerodynamic tweaks, refinements, wind tunnel tests, etc., and from what Airbus has said about the A380 nose, it's rather slippery, aerodynamically, demonstrating once again the problems of trying to judge a book by its cover.
So, has a full rendition come to light anywhere? Can we see this version of the nose attached to the rest of the plane?