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(BBC-US)   Look up in the sky: Is it a whale, or a pot of petunias?   (bbc.com) divider line 24
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2014-02-20 10:05:50 AM  
Oh no, not again.
 
2014-02-20 10:13:14 AM  
Boarding that would be a pain in the ass.
 
2014-02-20 10:21:58 AM  
why go for half measures, when a blended wing lifting body would be so much more practical?
 
2014-02-20 10:22:57 AM  
I'm pretty sure it's a bowl of petunias.
 
2014-02-20 10:25:24 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

So long, and thanks for all the air.
 
2014-02-20 10:26:58 AM  
It seems highly improbable.
 
2014-02-20 10:31:37 AM  

hogans: why go for half measures, when a blended wing lifting body would be so much more practical?


Few issues with a BWB....

First, pressurization of one of those is a biatch.
Second, when people near the edges of the fuselage are translating about 100 feet in a bank, you better have extra-large barf bags.
 
2014-02-20 10:36:43 AM  
FTA: "The design would use advanced technologies such as self-repairing wings, swiveling engines to enable a near vertical take-off, and hybrid propulsion."

Phil Coulson nods approvingly.
 
2014-02-20 10:42:58 AM  
And what's this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like 'Ow', 'Ound', 'Round', 'Ground'! That's it! Ground! Ha! I wonder if it'll be friends with me? Hello, Ground!
 
2014-02-20 10:54:38 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Oh no, not again.

 
2014-02-20 10:56:22 AM  
As a concept it's neat, but it's just far enough over the horizon in feasibility to be sci fi

Hopefully it doesn't get krilled before it can come up as breach of a flying concept
 
2014-02-20 11:06:00 AM  
I *farking* hate it when the BBC produces content that I can't see because I'm in the UK. I mean what the hell? I've paid for that in some weird archaic fashion, I demand my content!  Pfft.
 
2014-02-20 11:17:55 AM  

King Keepo: I *farking* hate it when the BBC produces content that I can't see because I'm in the UK. I mean what the hell? I've paid for that in some weird archaic fashion, I demand my content!  Pfft.


I bet you forgot to purchase your internet license, the van will be around shortly to verify
 
2014-02-20 11:21:46 AM  
Pic tagline: "Airliners have become steadily bigger in an effort to take fit in more passengers and drive down the cost of tickets"
Is the rest of the article as much bullshiat as this?
 
2014-02-20 11:24:09 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Oh no, not again.

 
2014-02-20 12:08:32 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Pic tagline: "Airliners have become steadily bigger in an effort to take fit in more passengers and drive down the cost of tickets"
Is the rest of the article as much bullshiat as this?


It does get around to mentioning that you can't just make a pressure vessel any way you want, so it's not 100% b.s..
 
2014-02-20 12:13:53 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Is the rest of the article as much bullshiat as this?


First half: THIS IS AWESOME! IT'S GREAT THAT AMATEURS CAN DESIGN THINGS LIKE THIS!

Second half: Aeronautical engineering would like to have a few words with you.
 
2014-02-20 12:21:40 PM  

kidgenius: Second, when people near the edges of the fuselage are translating about 100 feet in a bank, you better have extra-large barf bags.


So there's a chance I wouldn't have to pay extra for those seats? Schweet! Screw Cedar Point! Just give me Tex Johnston  as a pilot.
 
2014-02-20 12:24:30 PM  
SewerSquirrels:  Screw Cedar Point! Just give me Tex Johnston  as a pilot.

Okay, so maybe I'd better pick a "living" pilot or the flight might get more exciting than even I could handle.
 
2014-02-20 03:29:53 PM  
And passengers will get to wonder if the ground will be friends with th--
 
2014-02-20 03:56:25 PM  
Yeah, the side effect of planes getting larger and carrying more passengers.

More casualties when one hits the ground.
 
2014-02-20 04:47:41 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Yeah, the side effect of planes getting larger and carrying more passengers.

More casualties when one hits the ground.


Much longer boarding times
Much worse cabin service
Many fewer window seats per row.
Fewer flights (since the airlines don't like flying with any empty seats)
Longer lines at customs
 
2014-02-20 07:06:30 PM  
venturebeat.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-20 11:46:31 PM  
The answer to any headline that starts "Is ___________?" is almost always "No."

This is a prime example of that principle. An expensive, impractical piece of gear that utilizes technology that doesn't exist yet.

Bravo.
 
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