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Wind Tunnel Testing

This photo shows a prototype of the X-48C blended wing body aircraft being tested in NASA Langley’s 12-Foot Low-Speed Tunnel. Blended wing bodies have many advantages over conventional tube-and-wing designs: the entire surface of the craft can generate lift; the usable cargo/passenger area of the craft is increased; and, structurally, the craft is easier to manufacture. Flight tests of a remote-controlled version of the craft have also taken place.

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