USAF Awards Contract for Blended Wing Demonstrator

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Maybe the XP-67 was right all along? But this airplane will be the size of a Boeing 767!
From Avweek, Steve Trimble

The U.S. Air Force on Aug. 16 named JetZero as the winner of a $235 million contract to partially fund the development and production of the first full-scale blended wing body (BWB) demonstrator to achieve a first flight in four years.

The award completes a yearlong selection process managed by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and revives hopes for the BWB configuration as a possible new standard for future military and commercial transport aircraft.

Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites, as a subcontractor to JetZero, will build the Boeing 767-sized demonstrator for a first flight scheduled in 2027. Air Force funding will be combined with private investments to finance the demonstrator program, said JetZero CEO Tom O'Leary, speaking at a contract announcement event hosted by the Air and Space Forces Association.

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Maybe the XP-67 was right all along? But this airplane will be the size of a Boeing 767!
From Avweek, Steve Trimble

The U.S. Air Force on Aug. 16 named JetZero as the winner of a $235 million contract to partially fund the development and production of the first full-scale blended wing body (BWB) demonstrator to achieve a first flight in four years.

The award completes a yearlong selection process managed by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and revives hopes for the BWB configuration as a possible new standard for future military and commercial transport aircraft.

Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites, as a subcontractor to JetZero, will build the Boeing 767-sized demonstrator for a first flight scheduled in 2027. Air Force funding will be combined with private investments to finance the demonstrator program, said JetZero CEO Tom O'Leary, speaking at a contract announcement event hosted by the Air and Space Forces Association.

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I like the Thunderbirds 2 shape. It will do fine.
 

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