Tuesday, May 27, 2008
As an amateur aviation designer, I've always designed with the whole, "if it looks good, it will fly good" mentality. Engineers comment that this methodology is TLAR, or The Looks About Right.
I really like how the X-48B looks with its blended wing/body design. As you can imagine, internal volumes are huge with a design like this, and performance is excellent as well.
This is a small RPV test vehicle that's flying at Dryden. Very cool stuff. If I could have been alive and present at any point/period in time, I would have been at Edwards in the 50's and 60's when real flight testing was going on at a pace that was providing breakthroughs almost daily.