Armed with wind-tunnel validation of the efficiency benefits of its Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) airlifter concept, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is looking ahead to flying a subscale model early in 2016 and to the potential for a large-scale demonstrator to fly around 2020. Lockheed is studying the demonstrator with funding from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). It is also beginning a NASA-funded study of a commercial freighter version to see how the HWB performs against the ...

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