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Rockwell Advanced Bomber Studies

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Thanks, great find !
 

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ISADS 'Delta Spanloader' WT model
 

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Dan discusses this whole design study in some length in his recent book. Interestingly, when RCS was tested the design did fairly well except it had an RCS spike pointing directly forward. This seemed counterintuitive to Dan, who had deliberately designed the wing sweep, intakes etc to avoid forward reflections. He mentioned it to Rockwell's Stealth expert, who said "Oh, they all have that. Nothing you can do about it". As he realised much later on, this spike was caused by the trailing edge - he needed to angle the trailing edges too.

The model flateric posted the picture of above is currently at the LAX Flight Path Museum, if anyone wants to go arrange a look :)
 

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Hmmmph. Coincidentally, I was there this morning. None of the docents knew anything about the wind tunnel models other than a large (about three foot span) display model of the HiMAT.
 

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overscan said:
Dan discusses this whole design study in some length in his recent book. Interestingly, when RCS was tested the design did fairly well except it had an RCS spike pointing directly forward. This seemed counterintuitive to Dan, who had deliberately designed the wing sweep, intakes etc to avoid forward reflections. He mentioned it to Rockwell's Stealth expert, who said "Oh, they all have that. Nothing you can do about it". As he realised much later on, this spike was caused by the trailing edge - he needed to angle the trailing edges too.

The model flateric posted the picture of above is currently at the LAX Flight Path Museum, if anyone wants to go arrange a look :)
I wonder if the A-12 Avenger II had the same issue?
 

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From TsAGI Technical Bulletin 20/1980 file,


here is some details for Rockwell ATB aircraft.
 

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