A new look at NASA, Boeing sustainable experimental airliner

March 12, 2024
The sustainable flight demonstrator in production could slash aircraft fuel consumption and reduce emissions by nearly a third, Kimberly Johnson writes for Flying.

WASHINGTON - Boeing has shared its latest vision of sustainable aviation with a new rendering of the X-66, an experimental aircraft it is building through NASA’s sustainable flight demonstrator project, Kimberly Johnson writes for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 March 2024 - NASA writes that "A new rendering of the X-66 from Boeing demonstrates the aircraft’s signature extra-long, thin wings stabilized by diagonal struts, known as the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing concept. When combined with other advancements in propulsion systems, materials, and systems architecture, this configuration could result in up to 30% less fuel consumption and reduced emissions when compared with today’s best-in-class aircraft.

The agency continues, "Under the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project, Boeing will work with NASA to build, test, and fly the full-scale X-66 demonstrator aircraft. The project seeks to inform a new generation of more sustainable single-aisle aircraft – the workhorse of passenger airlines around the world. Boeing transported the MD-90 aircraft that will be turned into the X-66 to its Palmdale, California facility last year, and has removed its engines as the modifications started."

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