LOS ANGELES — Boeing and NASA are preparing to start a new, potentially riskier phase of flight tests of the X-48C blended wing body (BWB) research aircraft at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB in California. The unmanned aircraft, which notched up its 100th flight on Oct. 30, is a rebuilt, twin-engine derivative of the three-engine X-48B tested between 2007 and 2011. In this new, low-noise configuration, the engines are mounted farther forward from the trailing edge and ...

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