Testing that could pave the way for a short-takeoff version of Boeing’s blended wing body (BWB) is underway at NASA Langley Research Center as part of work to calibrate the facility’s refurbished 14 X 22-ft. subsonic wind tunnel. For Boeing, the tests could be a small but important stepping-stone toward further development of the BWB concept as a military tanker-transport. Having originated the integrated fuselage-wing configuration more than 20 years ago, Boeing is ...

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