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Boeing Fighter Studies, 1970s to ATF

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Thread to discuss Boeing pre-ATF and ATF studies
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Here's a scan of the Boeing ATF submission from an old World Air Power Journal, the date I can't remember (don't have the book here in front of me).
 

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Boeing's submission in a NASA study for SST technology applied for 500-mile radius supersonic cruise fighter for European air battle area.
 

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The same NASA study Boeing's submission for Middle East scenario (1 500 mile combat radius)
 

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Boeing 1979 high speed heavy iterceptor, 45 000 kg class, and this-design-based SSBJ patent images
 

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Boeing 1990 supersonic cruise fighter study
 

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Boeing 1985 pre-ATF design and patent images of Boeing's universal internal weapons bay for their ATF sumbission
 

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Boeing swing-wing concepts:
 

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Boeing ATF RFP responses, 1983 : AA mission optimised, and AS mission respectively.
 

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"Boeing's universal internal weapons bay" looks somewhat like the "Berkut" weapons bay, at least externally.
 

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overscan said:
Boeing Microfighter concepts

The stubbier one is the Model 985-121, 29 feet long. The 747 aircraft carrier could carry ten of these.

The larger is the 985-213, which was 44 feet long. Six could be carried by the 747.
 

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It's interesting that the parasite fighter concept was still being considered this late! The last illustration seems to suggest that there's a landing gear bay in each wing, but no hint of a nose gear- tail-dragger perhaps? Minus the weight of the nosewheel, it might be an option.
 

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overscan said:
Boeing ATF RFP responses, 1983 : AA mission optimised, and AS mission respectively.

These small RFP top-views seem to come from the same source. Are they grouped together in it, and if so, could you post the "whole picture"?
Also, do you have side-views like the Boeing and McDD ones of the other ATF proposals?
 

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1). Here it goes.
2). Nope((
 

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From

AIAA-83-1164
Survey of Inlet Development for Supersonic Tactical Aircraft (Invited Paper)
L.E. Surber and Lt. C.P. Robinson, AFWAL, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
 

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Is there a better quality image of this?, to better appreciate the change in cross-sections?

Thanks

Rafa
 

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1878 Double Parasol Wing concept 3-views

from

AIAA 78-1458
Application of Hypersonic Favorable Aerodynamic Interference Concepts to Supersonic Aircraft
R. M. Kulfan,
Boeing Commercial Aircrafts
Co., Seattle, Wash.
 

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Originally posted by Sundog in McDonnell Douglas pre-ATF / ATF studies thread re-identified as Boeing's various airframe inlet concepts from

AIAA 80-1106
Performance Variations in High Aspect Ratio Subsonic Diffusers Due to Geometric Constraints in Supersonic Tactical Aircraft Inlet Installations
Jan Syberg and Joseph Koncsek,
Boeing Military Airplane Co.,
Seattle, Washington
Lewis Surber
Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories
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flateric said:
The same NASA study Boeing's submission for Middle East scenario (1 500 mile combat radius)

A variation on that design:
 

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Thanks for posting that sferrin, I've been looking for that pic for years. I think I had it in an old issue of Plane & Pilot.
 

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Same picture, bottom aircraft only - from Fana.
 

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Hi,

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19840013448_1984013448.pdf
 

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Boeing's 500-mile radius supersonic cruise fighter for European air battle area
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,398.msg2550.html#msg2550

Wind tunnel model at NASA Langley

Source
Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Supersonic Fighter Aircraft Model at Mach 0.40 to 2.47
Francis J. Capone and E. Ann Bare
Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia
Dorothy Arbiter
The George Washington University
Joint Institute for Advancementof Flight Sciences
Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia
 

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Hmm, judging by looks alone it seems like most of Boeing designs were closer to interceptors than pure air superiority fighters.
 

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Tactical short take-off and landing (STOL) research iinitiative was initiated at Boeing in mid-1981 and concluded in 1982 in cooperation with USAF Wright Aeronautical Labs.The tactical air-to-air role was selected for analysis. The study vehicles were much more than
STOL configurations. Advanced technologies incorporated in the designs allowed them to have relatively long radius capability with
substantial supersonic cruise legs, superior levels of maneuverability at high fuel fractions and short field capability . Yet, airplane sizes remained attractive.

INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS FOR TACTICAL STOL
G. J. Eckard
Boeing Military Airplane Company, Seattle, WA
G. E. Poth
Wright Aeronautical Labs, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

AIAA-1983-2129

Various studies within Model 985
 

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Thanks Flateric,

How do you comes to the Model 985 designation ?
 

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If you will check images posted more carefully, you will answer your question yourself.
 

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From a report on onboard oxygen generation systems, naturally :)
 

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Strikingly similar to 985-420...
 

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Well, what can I say about these series..."My God - it's full of stars!"
I wonder why so broad family of various-purpose concepts was gathered under one model number?
 

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flateric said:
Well, what can I say about these series..."My God - it's full of stars!"
I wonder why so broad family of various-purpose concepts was gathered under one model number?

Perhaps the account that covered 'Model 985' was particularly large? ;D
 

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The Model 985-430 seems to have something in common with my avatar.....
 

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BTW, always wondered, what is on your avatar?=)
 

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flateric said:
BTW, always wondered, what is on your avatar?=)

Honestly I really don't know.
This photo has always captured my interest but I've never been able to recognize the aircraft depicted in.

It's a long story: this photo was published in the number of June 1982 of the "Aerospazio Mese" (a monthly Italian aerospace publication that ceased its activity in 1986) in an article, firmed by the well known Nico Sgarlato, about the Stealth aircrafts.
At that time very little was known about Stealth, it was a mere "name" after that it could be hide everything.
The photo was obtained by Roberto Laghi at that time correspondent, from USA, for the magazine.

He obtained the photo by an unidentified source that was "involved in stealth design". The articole supposed that the aircraft depicted could be involved in the Stealth development.
The photo depicted a very sleek, black aircraft, with a long tail, huge winglets and (probably) a delta or double delta wing. The engine(s ??) was hosted in a underbelly canister. The general arragment could be intended for some type of high-supersonic or, at least, hypersonic research aircraft.
Obviously now we know that such aircraft, with its high-speed looking design, couldn't be connected in any way with the development of either F-117 or B2.

The autor of the article wrote that, looking at the photo, he felt a "deja-vu" sensation but wasn't able to recognize the aircraft.
At that time I was 14 years-old boy but I had the same feeling.

All over the years I tried to match the photo with known aircrafts but with little fortune (in principle the aircraft could be very similiar to a, heavily modified, Convair B-58 Hustler, but any Hustler was ever modified in that way). During the years I was conviced that the photo (if not a fake) could be connected with the dubbed "Aurora" programme (if ever existed a programme with this name.....).

Looking at the material you posted I saw some resemblace between the Model 985-430 and the "Mystery Aircraft" of the photo (ok the Boeing is too short, lacks of winglet but it is closer in design).

I used the photo of the "Mystery Aircraft" for this Forum with the hope that someone could tells me something about it......

Anyway I enclose to this post the scan of the original article (for those who understand Italian) and the best enlargement of the scan of the aircraft.
 

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It really did look like your wind tunnel model...and now I think of another Eric Simonsen photo-collages...

Thank you very much for the articole.
 

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