Re: Supersonic bomber revival

Message posted by Magoo on February 22, 2002 at 23:14:23 PST:

This picture posted by Jose is a concept being studied by Northrop at the moment, and appeared on the cover of 'Flight International', generally accepted as being the industry bible, in late January.

Northrop are also about to begin tests at Edwards for a 'quiet' supersonic aircraft, i.e. one that doesn't leave a large sonic boom in its wake, and this concept is one that is expected to result from this program. One of these tests will involve modified shaping to the nose and rear fuselage of an F-5E. Another will be trying the 'relocate' the shock wave in front of and below the aircraft on a plasma beam (don't ask, I haven't a clue how it works!).

This concept shown also has similarities to the so called 'Switchblade', especially in the intake location and configuration. It is believed to be in the F-111 weight class and range - one in which there is certainly an operational requirement!


In Reply to: Re: Supersonic bomber revival posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on February 22, 2002 at 18:38:34 PST:


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