Thursday, April 2, 2009

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797 -

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A New Way To Fly

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

The plane in these pictures is still officially the 'Air
Vehicle Number 1', a prototype, on board the USS George
Washington CVN-73 for catapult fit checks. Not exactly still
Top Secret but certainly not yet made public.


It will be known as the F/A-37. Although specs are
classified, it is believed to be Mach 3.5 (top speed in the
Mach 4 range), super-cruise stealth
fighter/bomber/interceptor with approximately a 4,000nm
range. Awesome!


Check out the Navy test pilot in the cockpit of the
F/A-37...LT Kara Wade(she looks about 18)


3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

For the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups

got together in formation for a great photo op.

>From top to bottom are the aircraft carriers, ABRAHAM LINCOLN,

KITTY HAWK, and RONALD REAGAN.

We even had Air Force planes fly-over, see the B-2 Stealth Bomber

in the fifth & seventh picture down. The only warships not seen in the

photos are the 4 nuclear powered submarines standing guard. 3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797


Now this is an AIRPLANE!!!

3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797
Look at this new aircraft....
Boeing is preparing a 1000 passenger jet that could reshape the Air travel industry

for the next 100 years. The radical Blended Wing design has been developed

by Boeing in cooperation with the NASA Langley Research Center

The mammoth plane will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to the

747's 211 feet, and is designed to fit within the newly created terminals

used for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is 262 feet wide.


The new 797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380 which has racked

up 159 orders, but has not yet flown any passengers. Boeing decide to

kill its 747X stretched super jumbo in 2003 after little interest was shown

by airline companies, but has continued to develop the ultimate Airbus

crusher 797 for years at its Phantom Works research facility in Long Beach , Calif.


The Airbus A380 has been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated

$13 billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage now

that Airbus has committed to the older style tubular aircraft for decades to come.


There are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most

important being the lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an

amazing 50%, with overall weight reduced by 25%, making it an

estimated 33% more efficient than the A380, and making Airbus's

$13 billion dollar investment look pretty shaky.
3 Carrier Groups and Boeing 797

High body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft. It reduces

turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency,

giving the 797 a tremendous 8800 nautical mile range with its 1000 passengers

flying comfortably at mach 0.88 or 654 mph (+-1046km/h) cruising speed

another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed

A380's 570 mph (912 km/h).


The exact date for introduction is unclear, yet the battle lines are clearly drawn

in the high-stakes war for civilian air supremacy. What an amazing thing!

2 comments:

Chuckkel said...

The FA-37 photos are fake, come from the movie 'Stealth', women pilot is Jessica Beale.

Mark said...

Nice pics from that lousy "Stealth" movie. And the 797, good photophopping, as the prototype is only an 8.5% scale RC model so far. And no real promise it'll be used for passenger. Even if it does, plans call for about the same passenger load as the A-380 or, 550-800.