flateric said:don't forget to get new Aviation Week for exclusive Amy Butler article&photos on Phantom Ray
sferrin said:flateric said:don't forget to get new Aviation Week for exclusive Amy Butler article&photos on Phantom Ray
Alright, now I'm confused. The one I posted and the top one in your post look to have a sharper sweep angle on the leading edge thant he one in the second photo.
CammNut said:Here is the only drawing I can find, showing the relative size of the X-45A, X-45C and F/A-18E.
Here is also a rare image of the X-45N proposed for the US Navy 's UCAS-D. Head-on it looks quite different from the X-45C. The hump ahead of the inlet is reminiscent of Northrop's X-47A Pegasus, which was based on a manned tailless aircraft design developed around the time of AFRL's FATE studies.
The X-46 was Boeing's design for the Navy's UCAV-N requirement (the rival was Northrop-Grumman's X-47). When the Air Force and Navy UCAV programs of the time were combined into J-UCAS, the X-46 was effectively terminated and replaced by the X-45C/N.Lampshade111 said:What was the X-46, some sort of development of the X-45C/N?
Creative said:In the flightglobal article it mentions enlarged and manned Phantom Ray. Would they just move the intake to the ventral?
XP67_Moonbat said:An oldie but goodie. Here's a brief from 2002:
quellish said:XP67_Moonbat said:An oldie but goodie. Here's a brief from 2002:
This is a good one, it does show the whole concept of operations that Boeing was pushing. Boeing really ran with the UCAV concept and was able to turn it into a whole different way of doing business - what to me is the real value of having a force of UCAVs. Many of the expenses of operating an air force would be greatly reduced. This document shows off Boeing's ideas for how this could work, the very ideas that most of USAF didn't seem to get.
I think that is exactly what the problem is with the Air Force. Otherwise they would have dumped JSF and embraced the future....GTX said:Unfortunately, those who make the decisions in the Air Forces are invariably pilots with many such seeing no advantage to themselves in reducing the need for their own kind...kind of like horse borne cavalry not seeing the advantages of motorized vehicles let alone armored ones or aircraft... :.
Ian33 said:When looking at the X-46N, X-47B and the X-45C I always have to compare it to the RQ-170 exhaust - such a radical difference its amazing. A sign of just how large the age gap is between these systems possibly?