After reading “Return of the Penetrator” (AW&ST Dec. 9, p. 20), it seems clear that it is time to rethink the aircraft. Look where the X-47B is now. The U.S. Air Force does not need a folding wing, nor the heavy-duty naval landing gear, nor size restrictions of compatible naval ships. Go back to 2007-08 and study what stage the design was at when the program split. Using the hangar pictured (page 21) as a reference point, the aircraft's wing span may be 100 ft.—±5 ft.—and its length ...

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