View Full Version : OT- new Boeing blended wing bomber

10-30-2007, 11:17 PM
See http://www.news.com/2300-11397_3-6207999-1.html?tag=ne.gall.pg
The XB 48 (plus other cool pix http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

10-31-2007, 11:40 AM

10-31-2007, 11:38 PM
Ah yes the "New" Blended wing delta bomber......fascinating, now where have I seen that shape before? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif


Reminds me of the technobabble that came out for the F22 and its "supercruise" capability... Ie supersonics in dry power, as if that was something new too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Nothing tends to be new, simply rehashed and marketed as such...

10-31-2007, 11:53 PM
IIRC that aircraft is actually a scale model being test flown. They are seriously looking at it as a possible design for a future passenger aircraft...among other things.

Scroll down and you'll see a photo of two men standing near it to put it into proper scale



11-01-2007, 03:41 AM


11-01-2007, 03:50 AM
HA! To that psycho 747. I was watching some footage of water bombers dealing with some of the recent fires in S. Cal and one of the planes carving in amongst the hills was a DC-10! It was right down amongst the weeds too.

11-01-2007, 04:15 AM
Why not turn the latter into a seaplane ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

11-01-2007, 06:24 AM
I bet that DC-10 can carry a decent load for the job also.

Three separate external tanks with a capacity of 12,000 U.S. gallons of ******ant. Tanker 910 can be fully loaded with 45 of water inside eight minutes and it has a 500 nautical mile operating radius. The aircraft can drop 12,000 gallons of water at a time.

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released last week says a downdraft or wind gust caused the big plane's left wing to suddenly dip and strike the trees as the plane passed over a ridge.

"The flight crew was on their third flight of the day and preparing to jettison a load of ******ant," the NTSB report says. "While in a left turn ... for the drop, the left wing dipped downward and impacted several trees."

"The airplane sustained substantial damage," the federal report said.

Officials said the plane's crew did not feel the trees hit the wing, but an observer on the ground saw lumber splinter and fly, and immediately alerted pilots via radio.

"The captain recovered the airplane and climbed to 11,000 feet (altitude) for a controllability check," the report said. The pilot declared an emergency and landed the DC-10 safely at its base at an airport near Victorville, 70 miles away.

The federal report says the plane sustained major damage to the wing's surfaces and control panels on both sides of its left jet engine, one of three.

The engine itself was not damaged, but trees struck the wing on either side of it, Rick Hatton, one of the plane's owners, told the paper.

"That was pretty lucky, because it hangs down of the left wing and their was damage to either side of it," Hatton said.

State fire officials told the paper that the DC-10's flight crew has undergone refresher training for air-tanker operations as a result of the near-catastrophe. </span>


September 20, 2006

Red Tape Fuels Raging Wildfire
September 20, 2006 11:21 AM

Bureaucratic red tape is preventing two planes modified for aerial firefighting from combating the wildfires raging today in California.

A DC-10 and a Boeing-747 "Supertanker," specially equipped with firefighting technology, have been waiting for days for the U.S. Forest Service and FAA to approve them to fight the rapidly spreading wildfires that have already consumed 84,035 acres.

Local residents are furious about the idle equipment that could potentially save their homes. "This is ridiculous. The Lockwood valley is already under a voluntary evacuation order, and there are a lot of elderly people living up there," said one resident who lives near Lockwood Valley, an area threatened by the fires.

The DC-10 was used by the California Department of Forestry with great success to fight a California fire in July on land under the state's jurisdiction, according to Rick Hatton, Managing Partner for 10 Tanker Air Carrier who owns the plane.

But this time the plane is grounded because the fire is on land under federal jurisdiction, and according to a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman, the agency has not yet had time to give it federal approval.

In Marana, Ariz., the Federal Aviation Administration's paperwork is preventing the Boeing-747 Supertanker from taking action.

In this case, the Forest Service has already approved the plane, and it is ready to fly, according to Bob McAndrew, President of Evergreen, the company that owns the plane.

A spokeswoman for the FAA says the agency is finishing up the last couple of tests and that it hopes the aircraft will be ready to help fight the fires some time next week.

11-01-2007, 06:31 AM

11-01-2007, 06:38 AM
LMAO.... this thread is so funny.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

It says so much about this place......

11-01-2007, 09:35 AM