The latest variant of Boeing's X-48 blended wing body (BWB) unmanned research aircraft flew for the first time from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., on Aug. 7. The 21-ft.-span X-48C is a rebuilt, twin-engined version of the original three-engine X-48B test aircraft that completed 92 flights over the desert base in 2007-10. The three 50-lb.-thrust JetCat P200 turbojets on the earlier version have been replaced with Advanced Microturbo's 89-lb.-thrust engines. ...


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