Boeing and NASA have taken the wraps off the X-48C, a modified variant of the blended wing body sub-scale demonstrator aimed at proving ultra-low noise targets for future transports including airliners as well as military tanker-transports. The 21-foot wingspan vehicle is a modified sister-ship to the X-48B currently in flight tests at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., but is sufficiently distinctive to earn its own X-plane designation, which was granted by the U.S. ...

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