LOS ANGELES — Boeing’s X-48C 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 vehicle is a rebuilt, twin-engine variant of the original three-engine X-48B test aircraft that completed 92 flights over the desert base between 2007 and 2010. The new Advanced Microturbo engines, each rated at 89 lb. thrust, replace three 50-lb.-thrust JetCat P200 turbojets on the earlier ...


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